Clovis Meals on Wheels provides daily hot, nutritional meals at affordable prices to the elderly, homebound and disabled in the community. The organization strives to accommodate special diets, and offers free meals to those on dialysis.
- The daily hot meal and contact with a community volunteer allows people to remain in their home when they might otherwise have to move in with others or into a residential care facility.
- Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers who contribute their time, vehicles and gas to drive approximately 1,820 routes a year--5 routes on weekdays, 4 routes on weekends.
- Meals are delivered 7 days a week including holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving when the Light House Mission delivers the meals.
- Volunteers contribute approximately 4,004 hours a year delivering meals.
- Meals on Wheels had 56 clients as of the first of this year.
Clovis Meals on Wheels provides a daily hot meal for the homebound elderly or those recovering from surgery. These clients are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Volunteers who deliver the meals do a casual wellness check and report conditions that Meals on Wheels can help correct. Renal clients often struggle to make ends meet due to the high cost of treatment. One client had her electricity turned off during the summer. With the help of the Dialysis Center and other local agencies, Meals on Wheels was able to get her power back on.
Between 15 and 20 low-income clients are helped each month with a reduced rate for the meals. Sometimes the noon meal is the only meal these clients have each day. In partnership with other agencies, volunteer drivers have provided non-perishable food items from the local food pantries to supplement additional meals for these clients. Receiving hot, healthy meals enables some clients to remain in their own homes. In the last year, several couples were added to the program, thus prolonging their move to assisted living facilities.