Help Homebound Seniors with a Ticket to Festival of Meals

The Meals on Wheels' food-filled event raises funds to feed Rhode Island's homebound and at-risk older adults.
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Meals on Wheels delivery driver Jim Stotler with Bernadette, who received the organization’s twenty-millionth meal. Photo by Elizabeth Graham.

During the pandemic, Rhode Islanders truly saw the necessity of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, which went above and beyond its usual ways of delivering meals to homebound seniors. While so many people were isolated and unable to leave their homes for simple household tasks like grocery shopping, Meals on Wheels found ways to rally volunteers to make sure at-risk adults got the nourishment they needed. And when the pool of delivery-driver volunteers dwindled as coronavirus spread, they teamed up with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) to make sure this population of elders did not go hungry during a very challenging and tragic time.

Now it’s time to pay it forward and celebrate the success of Meals on Wheels by either donating or purchasing a ticket to its Festival of Meals fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 6-11 p.m. at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence. There will also be a culinary demonstration with Trio Community Meals’ chef Mario Reyes, and former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi will lead the auction. The evening includes food, entertainment, auctions and much more in support of Meals on Wheels of RI’s work in helping homebound and at-risk older adults maintain independent living. Tickets are $135 each.

As editor in chief of Rhode Island Monthly magazine, I am helping to host the event by promoting it. It’s a cause that means a lot to me, especially since food is  my favorite thing to write about, and I have befriended so many elder Rhode Islanders through my work by preserving their stories in the pages of our magazine.

Meals on Wheels not only nourishes housebound seniors, but it also has a built-in wellness check system. If seniors do not come to the door or answer the phone when their meals are delivered, volunteers are trained to contact their emergency contact person to make sure everything is okay. On several occasions, they have helped saved lives due to a senior experiencing an unexpected fall or hardship where they could not get help.

Meals on Wheels of RI was founded in 1969 to help alleviate food insecurity and social isolation amongst at-risk older adults and help them to remain living independently in their own homes. In July, Governor Daniel J. McKee delivered Meals on Wheels of RI’s twenty-millionth home-delivered meal in Central Falls, marking an historic milestone in the organization’s fifty-three-year history.

By purchasing a ticket to Festival of Meals, you’ll help the organization make it to twenty-one-million meals.

 

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