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Meals on Wheels

Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc., presented Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia, Inc., with a grant in the amount of $3,250.00.  This one year grant will provide hot meals to two seniors on our waiting list in Crawford County.

Pictured left to right: Bobby Ferris, Director of Marketing & Energy Services, Southern Rivers Energy; Pat Brannen, Director of Operations, Meals on Wheels; Cathy Pope, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels; Tamica Freeman, Director of Social Services, Meals on Wheels; Javonna Latimore, Volunteer Director, Meals on Wheels and Erin Cook, Communications Specialist for Southern Rivers Energy.

 

23During the season of giving, the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation gave more than $179,000 to benefit four local nonprofits in and throughout the region in collaboration with its Harveys Supermarket stores.

Grants were awarded to charitable organizations with missions to address hunger alleviation and hunger-related health and education issues. The foundation reviewed applications from several hundred nonprofit groups and conducted in-depth reviews of their services and reach within each community.

Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia was awarded a grant for $9,750.00. This one year grant will provide hot meals to six seniors on our waiting list in the Middle Georgia area.

Pictured left to right: Alton Marcus, District Manager for Harveys Supermarket; Javonna Latimore, Volunteer Director, Meals on Wheels; Cathy Pope, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels; James Fowler, Harveys Supermarket Store #1664 Manager (Shurling Drive); Pat Brannen, Director of Operations, Meals on Wheels and Tamica Freeman, Director of Social Services, Meals on Wheels.

 

2014 Sharing the Love events November 20, 2014- January 2, 2015

Our Meals on Wheels’ Share the Love events included a “Share a Meal” event, several can food drives, a pet food drive, as well as a “Client Christmas Wish List” event.

As part of our “Share a Meal” event, we invited several groups, churches and individuals to provide a Thanksgiving meal from their tables to our clients’ tables on Thanksgiving Day.  The support from the community was overwhelming in that we were able to provide 486 meals on Thanksgiving Day to our seniors.

GEICO had a can food drive for our seniors as well as a pet food drive for their pets. This company also made a $450 donation to Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia.  RICOH, an information and technology company, also had a can food drive for our clients. In addition, Central Georgia C.A.R.E.S, a nonprofit organization that promotes the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats, had a pet food drive donating over 60 bags of dry pet food so that our clients’ pets could have a Merry Christmas.

For our “Client Christmas Wish List” event, we asked for our supporters help with furnishing Christmas gifts for our seniors.  The support we received from volunteers was remarkable. Over 300 of our clients received a Christmas gift, and one volunteer purchased a sofa and a loveseat for one of our seniors while another purchased a much needed shower chair for a client. Mercer University college students provided Christmas cards while Mercer University Upward Bound high school students decorated bags for the delivery of the can food and the Christmas Wish gifts for our clients.  We had additional volunteers deliver the Christmas cards and gifts.  Lastly, Otis Redding, III, a well-known musician, songwriter and singer delivered gifts that he purchased for our clients.

This was a great Share the Love event for us this year. We are grateful for all the support we receive here in Middle Georgia.  This support allows us to continue to offer friendship, comfort and hope to each of our clients.

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The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation presented Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia, with a $4,875 grant. Perdue Farms, as part of its commitment to fight hunger in the communities in which it operates, has partnered with Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc. to provide hot meals for at-risk seniors. This grant will provide 780 nutritious meals for one year to 3 seniors on the Meals on Wheels’ waiting list in Monroe County. Currently there are 23 seniors on the waiting list in Monroe County. September 2014.

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Pictured left to right: Wally Hunter, Director of Operations at Perdue Foods; Cathy Pope, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia; Maria Rivera, Complex Human Resources Manager at Perdue Foods; Tamica Freeman, Director of Social Services at Meals on Wheels (back row); Pat Brannen, Director of Operations at Meals on Wheels; Robin Hutchings, Home Delivered Meals Supervisor at Meals on Wheels.

 

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At the annual meeting of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia, Inc., Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, Mercer University Chancellor, spoke to the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and the Area Agency on Aging.  Pictured left to right are: Beth Harmon, Secretary; Dr. Joanna Watson, Vice President; Cathy Pope, Executive Director; Dr. Godsey; and Thomas Rockenbach, Jr., President of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia. August 2014

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Brandi Mitchell, Vice President of Bank of America in Macon, presented Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia Inc., with a $2500 check from The Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  August 2014.

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Our friend, Cassandra Freeman, along with Angelle’s Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. donated fans for our clients. Angelle’s Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc offers expert care and guidance to patients and families affected by a life-limiting illness. July 15,2014

 

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We had some managers from UPS deliver meals to our clients. They delivered to our clients on two routes . They did a terrific job, and yes they will be delivering again. We’re thrilled to have UPS as one of our community partners. July 11, 2014

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We’re excited about our new volunteers. Today we had some children from the Campus Club delivering meals to our clients. Some of the children were as young as 6 years old. They’re getting an early start on the value of volunteering that will last them a lifetime.

Campus Club will be delivering once a week with a different group each week. Thank you Campus Club for a job well done. June and July 2014

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Jeff Rutledge, a partner at James, Bates, Brannan and Groover Law Firm, presented Cathy Pope, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia, with a donation from the firm’s Charitable Giving Fund to help feed seniors in our community. Currently there are over 300 clients on the waiting list. Our goal – No Senior goes hungry in our community. June 18, 2014

 

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Bridget Massengill (right), Territory Manager for Herman Miller, presented Cathy Pope, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia, with a gift of 2 SAYL chairs. The chairs were donated by CWC in Atlanta. CWC is the Southeast’s largest office furniture dealership and is an exclusive Herman Miller dealer. May 2, 2014

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Cathy and Dr. Wilma D. Webb Williams,(left) Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church attended a breakfast hosted by Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Macon today, honoring Civic and Religious Leaders of the Macon-Bibb Community and Vicinity. May 5, 2014

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March For Meals is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action at the local level.  Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States promote March For Meals in their communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment efforts and fundraising initiatives.

DSCF0826Covenant Academy 3rd graders delivering meals and gifts to our clients.

 

 

 

 

 

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On March 5, Tommie Fletcher, Stratford Teacher and MS Beta Club Advisor, presented Cathy Pope, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, with a fundraiser check from the Beta Club at Stratford Academy. Pictured on the right is Javonna Latimore, Volunteer and Marketing Director for Meals on Wheels.

This donation will allow Meals on Wheels to deliver additional hot, nutritious meals to our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors in Bibb, Monroe, Jones, and Crawford counties.  We are dedicated to helping each of our clients maintain a dignified and independent lifestyle while offering friendship, comfort and hope.

Cathy and Javonna spoke to the students at Stratford Academy about our mission and about the services we provide for the elderly, disabled and homebound.  The Stratford Academy students chose Meals on Wheels as their nonprofit organization to host a fundraiser.

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Cathy Pope, Meals on Wheels’ Executive Director; Tommie Fletcher, Stratford Academy teacher, Javonna Latimore, Volunteer Director and Stratford Academy students