Good News for Meals on Wheels

To the Editor:

On December 18, 2015, a generous local donor offered to help pay off Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County’s $595,000 outstanding mortgage by providing a matching grant of up to $300,000.

The deadline was March 31, 2016. At the outset, the match was not to be made known to the community in any sort of mass mailing or media event.

Instead, the board and staff were to be “boots on the ground” and raise the money through word of mouth and personal donations. They called up friends, reached out to acquaintances and gave from their own bank accounts.

They did this because they know that our fresh, homemade, medically-tailored meals make a difference in the well-being of our homebound and senior neighbors.

We are beyond pleased to announce that thanks to a generous community, staff and board, all of whom went above and beyond in their support of Meals On Wheels, we are now mortgage free.

Why is this significant? Because the amount of money we were paying in interest was a detriment. Our mission remains to serve the senior, disabled and homebound residents of our community.

Now that the mortgage, which has been weighing heavily on us since 2011, is paid off, we have room in our budget to feed more of our homebound neighbors.

We are honored to serve Sheboygan County’s elderly and disabled population. It is a reflection of our community’s core values and we stand behind our community’s excellent agricultural and manufacturing expertise.

That is why we opened a carefully designed facility in 2012 that not only had the ability to make medically-tailored meals from scratch, but could also safely utilize locally grown and sourced fruits and vegetables.

We became the first meal delivery program in the country to do this, and the food tastes great.

Being mortgage free means that we can now direct dollars to additional growth and continue reducing food insecurity among an aging population.

Not everyone has the ability to obtain or prepare the correct nutritional food. We can help.

We recognize that there are many more people in our community that need healthy and delicious medically-tailored, homedelivered meals in order to maintain or improve health, and to remain safely and independently in their own homes.

Whether it’s to recover from a recent hospital visit, or to help long-term, we are here to feed our neighbors.

As a result of this campaign, at least half a dozen individuals have now included Meals On Wheels in their estate planning. The long-term security in feeding our neighbors is there.

Now, please help send them our way.

In the next 105 days we will put extra effort into seeking out those in need in our community.

Won’t you please help?

This is not a fundraising effort, as we lose money on every meal. Instead, this is about carrying out the basic tenet of reaching out to feed those who need proper nutrition. A simple slice of bread is not enough to sustain a person.

To give the community an idea as to what Meals On Wheels offers and what our food is like, we will host an open house 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.

Call to make a reservation.

In the meantime, please consider reaching out to us at www.freshmealsonwheels.org or calling 920-451-7011.

Signing up friends or family members for meals is easy, and it enables independent living.

Make a difference in someone’s life and refer him or her to Meals On Wheels today.

Also, we will be sending the mortgage out in grand style. See us in the Brat Days parade and follow us on Facebook for details as they become available.

Kelly Heyn

CEO, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County


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