Fuel-efficient car provided for meals program


Meals On Wheels CEO Kelly Heyn, left, Van Horn Automotive COO Teresa Van Horn, and MOW Board President Saunders Kohn with the 2014 Chevrolet Volt Van Horn Automotive donated to Meals On Wheels. — Submitted photo Meals On Wheels CEO Kelly Heyn, left, Van Horn Automotive COO Teresa Van Horn, and MOW Board President Saunders Kohn with the 2014 Chevrolet Volt Van Horn Automotive donated to Meals On Wheels. — Submitted photo A Chevrolet Volt has begun zipping around Sheboygan County over the noon hour thanks to the continued generosity of the Van Horn Automotive Group.

In response to the growing demand for fresh meals from Sheboygan County’s rural residents and their healthcare providers, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County began delivering meals to the far reaches of Sheboygan County, affectionately known as the “hinterland” among those who deliver meals. This resulted in a need for a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Immediately after learning about the need of an eco-friendly vehicle, Van Horn quickly offered to donate a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. Van Horn has provided a three year lease for the gas-electric hybrid, and offered Meals On Wheels the option to purchase the Volt at the end of the lease for just $1.

“I mentioned to Dave Heather, a long-time Meals On Wheels supporter and former owner of Lakeland Automotive, that we could use an economical vehicle for our expanding county route. He kindly offered to reach out to his friends in the automotive world, and Teresa Van Horn immediately jumped in to help – again,” said Meals On Wheels CEO Kelly Heyn.

This is the second vehicle Van Horn Automotive has donated to Meals On Wheels. Two years ago, after hearing about Meals On Wheels’ need for a garden vehicle, Van Horn donated a 2000 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck.

“We are so blessed to have generous people like Dave and Teresa, and companies like Van Horn Automotive Group in our community. We can’t thank them enough,” Heyn said.

Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County has grown from one route in Sheboygan in 1970 to 29 routes throughout the county today. While Meals On Wheels has always served all of Sheboygan County, the number of clients who live in the more remote parts of the county has been expanding recently.

“Meals On Wheels staff and volunteers who have been using their own vehicles to deliver to the ‘hinterlands’ of Sheboygan County will appreciate having a car that is economical and eco-friendly to deliver meals,” Heyn said.

Enhancing the quality of living through home-delivered meals and caring social interaction has been the mission of Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County since 1970. Requirements for service are not based on age, but based on the inability to prepare or obtain nutritious meals. There is no waiting list. Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County continues to serve as a model for other meal programs across the nation that want to adopt a local, fresh food approach in their own communities.

Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County is the first program in the nation to significantly partner with local farmers and gardeners who donate fresh fruits and vegetables to be integrated directly into meals. A zero waste process enables sharing excess fruits or vegetables with local food pantries. Fresh produce ensures Meals On Wheels can continue to serve nutritional meals to more than 300 residents throughout Sheboygan County every day. For additional information visit freshmealsonwheels.org. Like us on Facebook: Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan


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