Many homebound individuals might not receive the appropriate nutrition if it weren’t for Meals on Wheels. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino recognizes the impact the organization has on the local community and has provided a $5,000 donation to the group, which is fueled by volunteer support.
“We are so grateful for any donation we receive,” said Dee Perkins, executive director of Meals on Wheels. “Sixty percent of our budget comes from SCUFFY (Shelby County United Fund for You) and we rely on donations and memorials to support what we are doing to make up the rest.”
Meals on Wheels operates its single van five days a week, with exception of major holidays. Their territory extends one mile from the Shelbyville city limits and recently, a second chapter was implemented in the Fairland-Boggstown area. Two volunteers deliver noon time meals prepared by Major Hospital and special dietary restrictions and needs are incorporated into the service. Second daily meals in refrigerated form are also available, delivered during the lunch period.
“We are currently serving approximately 55 people,” added Perkins. “Our volunteers are also able to interact with the folks in our program and assess any changes and call an emergency contact if needed. Most of the people have some sort of family or friend support on weekends, but during the week, most of the time we are the only ones talking with the people. It just gives another set of eyes and ears to the well-being of those who are homebound.”
Perkins was recently presented with a check for $5,000 to go toward the program at Meals on Wheels. Making the presentation for Indiana Grand included Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager, Lindsay Fish, director of sales and business development, and Elena Lisle, vice president of marketing.
“Without the services Meals on Wheels provides, many individuals would either go hungry or would not follow appropriate dietary needs,” said Lisle. “To think of someone not receiving this service really tugs at your heart. We see their van frequently traveling around town delivering meals and we want to ensure this service remains in place for the residents of Shelbyville and Shelby County.”
A fixed fee is provided for those receiving the services of Meals on Wheels and physician recommendations are closely monitored on an individual basis. For more information on the local chapter, contact (317) 398-4470.