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May 26, 2017- “Volunteers deliver hurricane packs,” Times staff, The Tampa Bay Times. Click here to view.

May 2, 2017- “Meals On Wheels seeking volunteers,” Jeff Chilcott & Jeanne Kuehner, World of Westchase WOWOnline http://www.westchasewow.com/news/entry/meals_on_wheels_seeking_volunteer_drivers

February 14, 2017- “Valentine cards with Meals On Wheels” http://www.wtsp.com/news/valentine-cards-with-meals-on-wheels/408407564

December 1, 2016- “December’s Nonprofit Spotlight: Chris Smith and Meals On Wheels” https://tomlinstcyr.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/decembers-nonprofit-spotlight-chris-smith-and-meals-on-wheels/

November 24, 2016- “Meals On Wheels delivers Thanksgiving to families,” Aaron Mesmer, Fox 13 News.

November 22, 2016- “Former New York City chef dedicated to Meals on Wheels,” Bobby Lewis, CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/former-new-york-city-chef-dedicated-to-meals-on-wheels/355010748

October 15, 2016- “Maggie Fitzsimmons honored as first Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow,” The Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. Click here to view.

July 17, 2016- “Healthy snacks for seniors,” CBS Channel 10 WTSP. https://youtu.be/NHpHRnKzoaA

 

June 23, 2016- “Meals on Wheels busca voluntarios bilingües,” Guillermo Salgado, Entravision-Univision, Noticias Tampa Bay. http://noticias.entravision.com/tampa/2016/06/23/video-meals-on-wheels-busca-voluntarios-bilingues/

 

June 20, 2016- “Meals On Wheels of Tampa Seeking Summer Volunteers,” Kathy Collins, Osprey Observer. http://www.ospreyobserver.com/2016/06/meals-on-wheels-of-tampa-seeking-summer-volunteers/

 

June 2, 2016- “Meals On Wheels Tampa needs summer volunteers,” Kathryn Bursch, CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/news/outreach/meals-on-wheels-tampa-needs-summer-volunteers/228225175

 

May 26, 2016- “The Luminarees,” The Junior League of Tampa in partnership with WEDU. http://video.wedu.org/video/2365756359 (at the 3 minute 30 second mark).

 

May 21, 2016- “Hurricane preparedness packs delivered to homebound neighbors,” CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/news/hurricane-preparedness-packs-delivered-to-homebound-neighbors/208456830

 

May 12, 2016- “Student Leadership Board Hosted ‘Student Music Fest’ To Benefit Tampa’s Seniors and Homebound,” The Penny Saver. Click here to view.

 

May 3, 2016- “Give Day Tampa Bay 2016 Live Coverage from WEDU PBS, 3:00 Hour,” WEDU PBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuBHl9llqME (at the 40 second mark).

 

April 29, 2016-  “Meals On Wheels of Tampa Delivers More than Meals,” Debra Evans In the Morning, WTIS 1110 AM.  http://www.wtis1110.com/ShowPages-ShowTemp/debra-evans-in-the-morning/2016-04-29_DebraEvansInTheMorning_Archive.mp3 (at the 1 hour 29 minute 05 second mark).

 

April 22, 2016- “Music Benefit for Seniors,” CBS Channel 10 WTSP. https://youtu.be/sLIE3EK0-JY

 

Feb. 19, 2016- “Tampa Prep Students Delivery Meals On Wheels,” CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/features/2016/02/18/tampa-prep-students-deliver-meals-wheels/80557594/

 

Feb. 9, 2016- “Progress Village Council President is Newest Board Member of Meals On Wheels,” Florida Sentinel Bulletin. http://online.flipbuilder.com/srtq/bigk/index.html#p=2

 

Jan. 16, 2016- “Volunteers Deliver Fresh Produce to 700 Homebound,” Fox 13 News. https://youtu.be/-YGnM2FrVrQ

 

Jan. 12, 2016- “Positively Tampa Bay: Meals On Wheels,” by Lisette Campos, Positively Tampa Bay, ABC Action News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ6oe5z9csM

 

Dec. 24, 2015- “Meals On Wheels of Tampa Needs Volunteers,” by Lauren Rozyla. ABC Action News. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/meals-on-wheels-of-tampa-needs-volunteers

 

Dec 19. 2015- “Meals On Wheels Volunteers Bring Holiday Joy to 700 Local Homebound,” Fox 13 News. (Unable to locate footage)

 

Dec. 6, 2015- “Special Deliveries: Longtime Volunteer Brings Joy to Meals On Wheels Recipients,” by Anastasia Dawson, The Tampa Tribune. http://www.tbo.com/lifestyle/special-deliveries-longtime-volunteer-brings-joy-to-meals-on-wheels-recipients-20151206/

 

Nov. 26, 2015- “Meals On Wheels of Tampa Volunteers Making Sure Seniors Are Not Forgotten On Thanksgiving,” by Christie Post, The Now Tampa Bay- ABC Action News.  http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/meals-on-wheels-of-tampa-volunteers-making-sure-seniors-are-not-forgotten-on-thanksgiving

 

Oct. 17, 2015- “Meals On Wheels Launches New Program,” by Krystel Knowles, ABC Action News. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/meals-on-wheels-launches-new-program

 

Oct. 13, 2015- “Bank of America’s $257,500 Will Fuel Tampa Bay’s Fight Against Homelessness, Food Insecurity,” by Michael Majchrowicz, Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/bank-of-americas-257500-will-fuel-tampa-bays-fight-against-homelessness/2249599

 

Aug. 16, 2015. “Meals On Wheels Celebration With Special Drivers” by Bobby Lewis, CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/08/12/meals–wheels-celebrates-40-years–special-drivers/31559917/

 

June 23, 2015. “Meals On Wheels of Tampa Seeks Volunteers, Expands to Palm River & Progress Village,” by Kathy Collins, Osprey Observer. http://www.ospreyobserver.com/2015/06/meals-on-wheels-of-tampa-seeks-volunteers-expands-to-palm-river-progress-village/

 

May 5, 2015. “The Second Give Day Tampa Bay Even More Successful Than The First,” by Anastasia Dawson, The Tampa Tribune. http://www.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/the-second-give-day-tampa-bay-even-more-successful-than-the-first-20150505/

 

April 16, 2015. “Lowry Park, PARC, Tampa Bay Wave Among TBBJ’s Nonprofit of the Year finalists for 2015,” by Jo-Lynn Brown, Tampa Bay Business Journal.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2015/04/16/lowry-park-parc-tampa-bay-wave-among-tbbjs.html?ana=e_tbay_bn_newsalert&u=ngWE+vizPIOphYhuUt3ZBwu2OSI&t=1429277502

 

March 6, 2015. “10 Tampa Bay Nonprofits Move On To Final Round, Vie for $35,000 Technology Grant,” by K. Logan, Milner. http://www.milner.com/company/news-and-events/2015/03/06/10-tampa-bay-nonprofits-move-on-to-final-round-vie-for-$35-000-technology-grant

 

Nov. 27, 2014. “Meals On Wheels Brings Holiday to Home-Bound,” by Kendra Conlon, CBS Channel 10 WTSP. http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/outreach/2014/11/27/meals-on-wheels-bring-holiday-to-home-bound/19586171/

 

Nov. 20, 2012. “Sweetbay Donates Van to MOW” by Erin Maloney, Bay News 9. Article: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/11/20/sweetbay_donates_van.html video: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/video.html?clip=http://static.baynews9.com/newsvideo/bn9/web_video/Sweetbay_Van_Donation_1120.f4v&vtitle=Sweetbay%20donates%20van%20to%20Meals%20on%20Wheels

 

Nov. 26, 2011. “Meals on Wheels and Humane Society team up to feed homebound pets” by John Thomas, ABC Action News.

Press Releases

Over 700 free bags of produce to be delivered to the homes of senior and homebound neighbors this Saturday!

TAMPA, FL, (June 14, 2017) – On Saturday, June 17th, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW!) program. This program, partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay, will help increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers will give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver free, pre-packed bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) on Saturday morning. Special thanks to the employees of Melting Pot (a Front Burner Brand), Bank of America, HDR Engineering, Inc., Kforce Inc., Mezrah Consulting, and Moffitt Cancer Center for helping to load cars and deliver routes on this day.

There are still 6 routes available for volunteers to sign up to deliver on Saturday. Please visit www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow to select a route, or explore other ways to help.

This month’s free bag of produce will include: an orange, a pear, an apple, kale, chard, cherry tomatoes, a sweet potato, some salad dressing, and additional items donated by Feeding Tampa Bay.

In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Sanwa Farmer’s Market, Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, and others. Their generous contributions have enhanced this month’s delivery.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa to further their mission of nourishing, enriching, and strengthening the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW! was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer openings for those unavailable to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety. Feedback was recently collected from recipients and volunteers assisting in the evaluation of the program to continue to improve its impact on senior nutrition. Professors and graduate students from USF’s College of Public Health assisted the Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of POW! on Tampa’s homebound citizens. Pre-test, post-test, and process evaluation surveys were completed during 2016. These tests revealed recipients were consuming an additional serving of fresh fruit and half a serving of vegetables each day. This data was recently published in the Florida Public Health Review Journal for other programs to learn from all over the world. In order to keep increasing the impact of POW! on recipients, Meals On Wheels of Tampa is currently looking for funding to expand the program to daily deliveries.

Future POW! delivery dates are Saturday, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, and October 21st. Interested in delivering POW? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.                                                                                            

MEDIA: If you would like to follow a volunteer on their route to get footage of seniors accepting bag at their front door, please call LAUREN (813) 238-8410.  Best time for Media Coverage:  9:30 AM -10:30 AM at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 then you can leave with a volunteer in your car and follow along to a few homes.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa, HCI Group, MacDill CENTCOM, Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF Deliver Hurricane Preparedness Packs to Elderly & Homebound Neighbors

TAMPA, Florida – May 22, 2017 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa, HCI Group, CENTCOM, The Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF and many other dedicated volunteers will be delivering special Hurricane Preparedness Packs to the Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients on the morning of Saturday, May 20 for the 2017 Hurricane season.

As June approaches we are reminded to prepare for the 2017 hurricane season by our local news stations, grocery stores and businesses.  Many of us have a plan for what we will do when a big storm hits the area.  However, for the homebound and elderly throughout our community, there is no plan.  Because of their inability to drive or move freely, there is no way to gather the supplies they need or to get out of the storm’s path.  Such is the case for many of the recipients served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa every day. 

Hurricane Preparedness Packs will be delivered to all 700 recipients before the hurricane season begins, on Saturday May 20. This pack is given to all program recipients in case a disaster were to occur that prevents volunteers from being able to deliver meals.  Included in the packs are 5 shelf-stable meals, a gallon of water, a shelter evaluation form, a magic bottle opener, and a variety of emergency resource guides.  The pack is free of charge to recipients. This year, funds received from Give Day Tampa Bay helped  cover the cost of the Hurricane Preparedness Pack shelf-stable meals, as well as a generous donation from HCI Group, Inc. MacDill CENTCOM provided the gallons of water. The Meals On Wheels of Tampa High School Leadership Board put on a music festival to raise funds for the magic opener, which will help them to easily open bottles of water.

For the past 12 years, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed a plan for its recipients in the event that a large storm does hit the Tampa Bay area.  2 years ago, for the first time ever, Meals On Wheels of Tampa residents had to utilize the shelf stable meals from their Hurricane Preparedness Packs due to major flooding in the South Tampa area.

“It’s absolutely wonderful that the Tampa community came together on this year to provide the much needed funding for this project.  We are also thrilled that the HCI Group and Moffitt Cancer Center are helping with the delivery to those we serve.  We hope our recipients will never be faced with using these items during an actual hurricane, but it’s a comfort to know that they will be prepared in the event that a storm does hit our community,” says Steve King, the Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Tampa. 

Meals On Wheels of Tampa would like to thank the following groups for coming together on Saturday, May 20, to prepare and deliver these packs: HCI Group, Inc., MacDill CETCOM, TCM Bank, Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF, and the many other committed MOW Tampa volunteers.  It is a beautiful way of extending a helping hand to those in need in our community.  Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th each year. 

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding and is proud that 85 cents of every dollar donated goes back to feeding and caring for our senior and homebound neighbors.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Would you like to start receiving meals or do you know someone in need of home delivered meal service? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

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Student Leadership Board Host ‘Student Music Fest’ to Benefit Tampa’s Senior and Homebound Neighbors Tonight, Friday, May 12th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Tickets are currently on sale at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest for $5 at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest or tickets may also be purchased at the door for $5.

TAMPA, FL (April 22, 2016) – On Friday, May 12th, local high school students from Berkeley Preparatory School, H. B. Plant High School, Hillsborough High School, Jesuit High School, Robinson High School and Tampa Preparatory School, will gather for the 2nd annual Student Music Fest, hosted by Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board (HSLB) and Tampa Preparatory School. More than 200 guests will gather from 5:30-7:30 p.m. around the stage at Tampa Prep’s parking lot (722 Cass St.) for the music and dance event of the year. Tickets are currently on sale at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest for $5 at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest or tickets may also be purchased at the door for $5. Tampa Preparatory School will host and sponsor the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the HSLB’s project, Water On Wheels (WOW), to encourage healthy hydration by providing magic bottle openers to assist our recipients with opening their water bottles provided with the hot meal delivery each day served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa. Community volunteers will deliver the magic bottle openers, along with hurricane preparedness packs, to all of the program recipients on Saturday, May 20. The project was designed to encourage healthy hydration among our senior and homebound neighbors, since seniors are more at risk of dehydration, especially entering the summer months.

The two-hour event is jam packed with students from Tampa who will perform music and dance acts throughout the night.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.  Guests will also be able to purchase T-shirts that displays all 6 participating high school. In addition to the food and drink, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. Raffle items include hockey sticks and pucks signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, gift cards to Columbia Restaurant, fresh baked cookies, 4 tickets to Tampa Bay Rays game, House of Blues concert tickets and a round of golf to West Chase Golf Course. All proceeds from this event benefit Tampa’s elderly, disabled and homebound neighbors.

The High School Leadership Board is so excited for the chance to continue their project Water on Wheels. So much time and thought has gone into this fundraiser in order to raise money to benefit our mission to hydrate the homebound in Tampa!

The High School Leadership Board (HSLB) was developed in the Fall of 2015 to provide a unique opportunity for students who want to get more involved with a local non-profit, focused on senior hunger. The mission of the High School Leadership Board (HSLB) is to connect high school students with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and their community, through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising and program development. This service-learning and leadership development program is comprised of 14 outstanding high school students. These students contribute to and inform Meals On Wheels of Tampa programming, while acting as ambassadors and leaders in their communities.

Members of the High School Leadership Board include: Maggie Fitzsimmons, Senior, H.B. Plant High School; Karina Barcenas, Junior, Berkeley Preparatory School; Allison “Alli” Blair, Senior, Tampa Preparatory School; Bo Blair, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Catie Clark, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Scott Cutter, Junior, Robinson High School; Hailey Eckerman, Junior, Academy of Holy Names; Harrison Lorenzen, Senior, Tampa Preparatory School; Ben Miller, Senior, Jesuit High School; Madeline Obregon, Junior, Academy of Holy Names; Bridget O’Carroll, Senior Berkeley Preparatory School; Anna Renou, Senior, H.B. Plant High School; John Robbins, Junior, Jesuit High School; Susannah Wertz, Junior, H.B. Plant High School.
Tickets are $5 per person; tickets include access to Student Music Fest. To purchase tickets, visit www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest or purchase tonight at the event!

If you would like to financially support the HSLB WOW project, please visit https://secure.mowtampa.org/donations/new and indicate ‘HSLB WOW’ in the field ‘company’ or call Lauren Vance @ 813-238-8410 or l.vance@mowtampa.org.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding and is proud that 85 cents of every dollar donated goes back to feeding and caring for our senior and homebound neighbors.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Would you like to start receiving meals or do you know someone in need of home delivered meal service? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

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Press Update 03/31/17: Meals On Wheels of Tampa has purchased from the owners the land where Manny’s Nursery is located

In order to meet the growing need of feeding the homebound and seniors of Tampa and to fulfill our long term vision of expanding our kitchen and facility, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has purchased from the owners the land where Manny’s Nursery is located. This purchase was completed 3/30/17 with consideration of and commitment to keeping Manny operating on this property as he finds a location to continue his business in the area. Manny’s On the Bay Plants has been a valued and caring neighbor of MOWTampa and we look forward to many more years of supporting each other as together we work to serve our community. We are thankful for everything our community members have given to this mission for the past 43 years!

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

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Over 100 volunteers will give Saturday morning to bring fresh fruits & veggies to Tampa’s elderly, disabled and homebound neighbors

 TAMPA, FL, (March 18) – On Saturday, March 18th, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW!) program, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers will give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) on Saturday  morning.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

There are still 10 routes available that need volunteers to sign up for to deliver. Please visit www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410 to sign up or to find out how you can help.

In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Sanwa Farmer’s Market, Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, and others. Their generous contributions have enhanced this month’s delivery.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW! was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“Thank you so much for the bag of fresh produce! This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback was recently collected from recipients and volunteers to assist in the evaluation of the program to continue to improve its impact on senior nutrition. Professors and graduate students from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health assisted Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of the POW! program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test, post-test, and process evaluation surveys were completed during 2016 and revealed recipients were consuming an additional serving of fresh fruit and half of a serving of vegetables each day.  In order to keep increasing the impact of POW! on recipients, Meals On Wheels of Tampa is currently looking for funding to expand the program.

Future POW! delivery dates are Saturday, April 8th   and Saturday, June 17th. On Saturday, May 20th, volunteer will deliver hurricane preparedness packs to all recipients on the program. A collection for gallons of water is also underway March-May. Please visit www.mowtampa.org/volunteer/volunteerneed to sign up!

Interested in delivering POW? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

MEDIA: If you would like to follow a volunteer on their route to get footage of seniors accepting bag at their front door, please call LAUREN (813) 238-8410.  Best time for Media Coverage:  9:30 AM -10:30 AM at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 then you can leave with a volunteer in your car and follow along to a few homes.

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 Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Tampa Seniors One Valentine’s Day Card at a Time

Tampa, FL (February 14, 2017) – More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. That’s 1 in 5 seniors suffering from loneliness and isolation.  To help combat the negative effects of isolation, DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs, for the fourth annual Love Letters campaign.

Tampa seniors served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa are set to receive handmade Valentine’s Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country this Valentine’s Day. The agency has also received hundreds of valentines from local groups and clubs.

“The outpouring of support we receive from our community in terms of handmade cards around the holidays, like Valentine’s Day, is overwhelming and beautiful. It is just one more reminder that simple acts, like this, right in your own community, can really brighten someone’s day.  This means the world to them, to know that someone else is thinking about them, it brings a tear to my eye,” Steve King, Executive Director at Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

The popular campaign, encouraging young people to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults this winter, runs through February 15, 2017 and cards will be included in meal deliveries to Meals On Wheels clients across the country.

Love Letters is one of DoSomething.org’s most popular campaigns because young people get to use their creativity to help brighten older adults’ day during a peak time of isolation and depression,” said Michelle Fino, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org.

Since 2014, the popular campaign has generated nearly one million cards that have been distributed through Meals on Wheels America’s network of local programs, which serves 2.4 million homebound seniors each year. The support of this network provides is critical to helping them maintain enough independence to stay in their own homes.

Visit www.dosomething.org/loveletters to get involved.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding. For more information, visit
www.MOWTampa.org.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

About DoSomething.org
DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5.5 million young people (and counting!) to make positive change, online and off, in every US zip code and in over 131 countries. When you join DoSomething, you join something bigger than yourself. You team up with the young people who have clothed half of America’s youth in homeless shelters. And cleaned up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets. And run the largest youth-led sports equipment drive in the world. And more! You’ve got the power and the passion to make an impact — we’ll help you get it done. Welcome to DoSomething. Let’s Do This.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board to launch daily hydration program Tuesday January 3rd, thanks to Lightning Foundation, benefiting senior & homebound neighbors all year long

TAMPA, FL (January 3, 2017) – On Tuesday, January 3, Meals On Wheels of Tampa will launch new program, Water On Wheels (WOW), in partnership with the Lightning Foundation and Lightning Community Heroes Program, which provides Meals On Wheels Recipients 8 oz bottles of water, each day, to encourage healthy hydration.

Starting Tuesday morning, Volunteers will deliver bottles of water to each person on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program, at the same time as delivering the daily hot meal, to over 700 senior and homebound meal Recipients in Tampa.  Water is free of charge to Recipients.  This program is a vital component to the agency’s 41-year old mission of nourishing, enriching and strengthening the independent lives of seniors and homebound, since seniors are more at risk of dehydration.

The WOW program was developed by Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board (HSLB) this past year to encourage healthy hydration. The program was developed directly in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year. The student led group, which is comprised of Junior and Senior students from 5 local high schools, raised funds over the past year to provide reusable water tumblers, flavor packets, and educational materials to all 700+ seniors and homebound served by MOWTampa each day. The group also organized Tampa’s first ever Student Music Fest to benefit the WOW program.

In order to continue impacting the health of WOW on Recipients, HSLB President, Maggie Fitzsimmons, a Senior at H.B. Plant High School, took this project a step further, by applying and receiving the first ever Lightning Community Heroes of Tomorrow award (click here to see a 2 min video)!  Thanks to the generosity from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, all active Recipients on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program will receive free water bottles, along with their hot meal delivery, Monday through Friday, throughout 2017.

“My grandfather was a Recipient of Meals On Wheels. My Dad and I used to go to the story to buy him cases of water bottles because we knew Meals On Wheels did not provide that,” said Fitzsimmons. “Seeing I could do that for my Grandfather, I realize there are probably a lot of Recipients that don’t have somebody to do that for them. Drinking water is important for everyone, but especially important for the health of seniors and homebound.”

In response to this program, partnerships have been developed with local business, Ultra Pure Bottled Water, Inc.  Existing partnerships with groups like Feeding Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida, and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger have been further strengthened as a result.

The HSLB was developed in the Fall of 2015 to provide a unique opportunity for students who want to get more involved with a local non-profit, focused on senior hunger. The mission of the HSLB is to connect high school students with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and their community, through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising and program development. This service-learning and leadership development group is comprised of outstanding high school students from 5 local high schools: Academy of Holy Names, Berkeley Preparatory School, H.B. Plant High School, Jesuit High School, and Tampa Preparatory School. These students contribute to and inform Meals On Wheels of Tampa programming, while acting as ambassadors and leaders in their communities.

Members of the 2016-2017 HSLB include: Maggie Fitzsimmons, Board President, Senior, H.B. Plant High School; Karina Barcenas, Junior, Berkeley Preparatory School; Allison Blair, Senior, Tampa Preparatory School; Bo Blair, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Catie Clark, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Hailey Eckerman, Junior, Academy of Holy Names; Harrison Lorenzen, Senior, Tampa Preparatory School; Ben Miller, Senior, Jesuit High School; Madeline Obregon, Junior, Academy of Holy Names; Bridget O’Carroll, Senior, Berkeley Preparatory School; John Robbins, Junior, Jesuit High School; and Susannah Wertz, Junior, Plant High School. The HSLB is led by Steve King, Executive Director, and Lauren Vance, Director Communications and Donor Relations.

Volunteers will receive a series of communications before the WOW program launch, with tips regarding consumption and reminders to recycle. Recipients will also receive educational information about hydration throughout the year.  Feedback will also be collected from Recipients and Volunteers to evaluate WOW so we can continue to improve the program. Staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test surveys have been completed; post-test surveys will begin this Spring.

“The High School Leadership Board is so excited for the chance to bring our project Water on Wheels to life! So much time and thought has gone into the initial fundraiser to raise money to benefit our mission to hydrate the homebound in Tampa!” Bridget O’Carroll, Senior at Berkeley Preparatory School.

For additional information or to schedule a ride along on January 3, please contact Lauren Vance at (813) 238-8410 or L.Vance@mowtampa.org.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

 Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Would you like to start receiving meals or do you know someone in need of home delivered meal service? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

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Meals On Wheels Volunteers Pack & ­­Deliver Flowers, Baked Goods, and More to 700 Homebound on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Morning

TAMPA, FL (November 23, 2016) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOWTampa) volunteers will pack over 700 bags for recipients on Wednesday, November 25th for delivery on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26th.  Bags contain homemade cards from local schools and groups, cookies from non-profit High Hopes in High Heels, homemade pies from nonprofit Creative Kids Count, pie from the Grand Hyatt, decorated bags from Tampa Prep School and Primavera School, and flowers from Random Acts of Flowers. Volunteers from Suncoast and community volunteers will spend the morning together at Meals On Wheels packing bags to be delivered to our senior and homebound neighbors.

Over 100 community members and families will volunteer their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver these bags filled with homemade cards, fresh baked goods, and flowers to homebound neighbors on the morning of Thanksgiving.  Volunteers will pick up items from MOWTampa between 9:30-10:30am. Routes will take volunteers about an hour to complete.

The goal of this mission is to let the homebound members of Tampa know they are loved and thought about during the holiday season, and not forgotten.  For most of the recipients this might be the only person they see over the 4-day holiday weekend.

This mission could not have been fulfilled without the hundreds of volunteers who have come together.  All Thanksgiving goodies have been collected and contributed by this community, with dozens of contributions from schools and many faith based organizations. A special thank you to Random Acts of Flowers for providing bud vases for each recipient.

“We appreciate the generosity and support from our community to help fill the gift bags,” stated Steve King, Executive Director, “a value can not be placed on the difference one small act of kindness will make in our recipients holidays.”

MOW encourages neighbors to help neighbors this holiday season and not to forget the hidden faces of our homebound.  Stop in and say hello, you may be the only person they see today.

For additional information or to schedule a ride along for Thanksgiving Morning media coverage, please contact Lauren Vance at l.vance@mowtampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 or cell (847) 529-8628

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa: Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.  If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa to raise funds for fresh Produce On Wheels deliveries this #GivingTuesday, a National Day of Giving

TAMPA, FL (November 16, 2016) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOWTampa) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

“Meals On Wheels is excited to take part in this special day!” said Steve King, Executive Director. “Our goal this year is to raise $3,000 to support our mission of providing nourishing food to our elderly and homebound neighbors, through the Produce On Wheels program.  This special program allows our neighbors to remain nourished, and cared for, while living independently in their own homes.”

Last year, MOWTampa developed a new program called Produce On Wheels (POW!) in response to the expressed request from Recipients for increased access to fruits and vegetables. POW! offers all 700+ recipients the delivery of a free bag of fresh produce taken to their homes on one Saturday of each month. Recipients love the new program, as demonstrated by testimonials and letters received after each delivery.  MOWTampa has successfully demonstrated an outcome of increased servings of daily fruit and vegetable intake, with help from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

Each POW! delivery costs approximately $1,000.  Come together this #GivingTuesday to raise funds for 3 additional POW! deliveries, including operational costs, to help MOWTampa reach their goal of $3,000.

Donations will be accepted on MOWTampa’s website at www.MOWTampa.org, and the public is invited to visit MOWTampa (550 W. Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, FL 33603) on November 29th to try our food and for a tour of the kitchen and facility to see firsthand how their contributions benefit this mission and programs, while impacting the community.

With the support of our community partners this #GivingTuesday, we can provide fresh produce to all 700 homebound and senior meal recipients one Saturday each month.  These Saturday morning deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables have been a huge success!

We are calling on you, on Tuesday, November 29th, on this national day of giving, to bring smiles to those in need in your community by donating to Meals On Wheels of Tampa by visiting www.MOWTampa.org or by calling 813-238-8410.

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Final produce delivery of the year: Volunteers give SAT AM to bring fresh fruits/veggies to Tampa’s elderly, disabled and at-home neighbors

TAMPA, FL, (October 15) – On Saturday, October 15, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW) program, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers will give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 650 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 15.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Groups that will help deliver produce on Saturday morning include the Humana, Tampa Covenant Church and the Meals On Wheels of Tampa Board of Directors. In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Sanwa Farmer’s Market, Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others. Their generous contributions have enhanced this month’s delivery.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“Thank you so much for the bag of fresh produce! This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback was recently collected from recipients and volunteers to assist in the evaluation of the program to continue to improve its impact on senior nutrition. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health assisted Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of the POW program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test, Post-test, and Process evaluation surveys have been completed; impact results will be announced in May.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: Thursday, November 24 and Saturday, December 15. www.mowtampa.org/volunteer/volunteerneed

Meals On Wheels of Tampa is currently looking for funding to expand the program.

Interested in delivering POW!? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

 If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

 MEDIA: If you would like to follow a volunteer on their route to get footage of seniors accepting bag at their front door, please call LAUREN (813) 238-8410 or (847) 529-8628.  Best time for Media Coverage:  9:30 AM -10:30 AM at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

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 Meals On Wheels of Tampa Welcomes Newest Board Member

TAMPA, FL, Monday, September 26, 2016 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa elected a new board member, Christine (“Chris”) Smith, this month.

Chris, Realtor for Tomlin St. Cyr & Associates, was appointed in August, for terms ending in 2019.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America with an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Previously, Chris was Manager, Public Affairs for The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary ingredients needed to grow food the world needs. She retired from Mosaic in July 2015 after 23 years of service with the company. Today, Chris is a Realtor for Tomlin St. Cyr & Associates, focused on residential sales in the Greater Tampa Bay area, specifically in Eastern Hillsborough County and the South Shore area.

Chris graduated from Leadership Tampa 2000 and was class chair of Leadership 2005. She has served as board chair of Feeding Tampa Bay, The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, and League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County. Chris is a current member of The Tiger Bay Club of Tampa Bay, Florida Native Plant Society, Valrico FishHawk Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Tampa Alumni. She was the recipient of the 2004 Employee of the Year award at Mosaic, and also received the Excellence in Leadership award from the Propeller Club of Tampa Bay in the same year. Chris is married to Bill Martinson has two children and three grandchildren.

“As Meals On Wheels of Tampa sharpens our focus on improving the health and independent lives of the seniors and homebound in our community, we are excited to welcome the addition of Mrs. Chris Smith to the Board of Directors!” said Steve King, Executive Director of MOWTampa. “Her passion for our mission, along with her experience in the business world and expertise in working with non-profits, will be extremely helpful as we move forward to increase our impact serving the elderly, disabled and homebound in our community.”

The Meals On Wheels of Tampa Board of Directors include:

Dennis Pitocco, President, BIZCATALYST 360°

Wilda Isabel, Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Fred Wallrapp, Treasurer, Tribute Telecom

Jana Boehmer, AssistantTreasurer, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Kathy Ritchie, Secretary, Rieth & Ritchie, P.A

 

Mary Alvarez, Community Volunteer

Jack Amor, TECO

Michelle Backlund, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.

Doreen Greco Ide, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Dolores McIntosh Community Volunteer

Holly O’Brien, Wiliam E Hahn, P.A.

Ed O’Carroll, Past President, Gulfshore Bank

Laura Sherman, BKS Partners

Amy Shimberg, Past President

Cathy Smith, Past President, PAR, Inc.

Christine “Chris” Smith, St. Cyr & Associates

Doug Tuttle, Past President, Seacoast Bank

Linda Washington, Coca-Cola

Beverly White, All Generations Law

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Community spends Saturday morning delivering fresh fruits and veggies to Tampa’s senior and homebound neighbors

TAMPA, FL, (July 16) – On Saturday, July 16, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW) program, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 650 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) tomorrow morning, Saturday, July 16.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Specifically this month we would like to acknowledge our new partner: Sanwa Farmer’s Market. Their generous contributions have enhanced this month’s delivery.

Groups helping to deliver produce on Saturday morning include the USF College of Public Health, USAA, Suncoast Credit Union, and Humana. In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Sanwa Farmer’s Market, Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“Thank you so much for the bag of fresh produce! This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback was recently collected from recipients and volunteers to assist in the evaluation of the program to continue to improve its impact on senior nutrition. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health assisted Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of the POW program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test, Post-test, and Process evaluation surveys have been completed; impact results will be announced in May.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: August 20th, September 17th, October 15th.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa hopes to expand the program later this year.

Interested in delivering POW!? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

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Community gives up Saturday morning to deliver fresh produce to Tampa’s homebound neighbors

TAMPA, FL, (June 18) – On Saturday, June 18, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW) program, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 18.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Specifically this month we would like to acknowledge our new partners: Sanwa Farmer’s Market and Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.  Their generous contributions have enhanced this month’s delivery.

Groups helping to deliver produce on Saturday morning include the USF College of Public Health, USAA, Suncoast Credit Union, and Humana. In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Sanwa Farmer’s Market, Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“Thank you so much for the bag of fresh produce! This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback was recently collected from recipients and volunteers to assist in the evaluation of the program to continue to improve its impact on senior nutrition. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health assisted Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of the POW program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test, Post-test, and Process evaluation surveys have been completed; impact results will be announced in May.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: July 16th, August 20, and September 17.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa hopes to expand the program later this year.

Interested in delivering POW!? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF Deliver Hurricane Preparedness Packs to Homebound Neighbors

TAMPA, Florida – May 21, 2016 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa, The Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF and many other dedicated volunteers will be delivering special Hurricane Preparedness Packs to the Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients on the morning of Saturday, May 21 for the 2016 Hurricane season.

As June approaches we are reminded to prepare for the 2016 hurricane season by our local news stations, grocery stores and businesses.  Many of us have a plan for what we will do when a big storm hits the area.  However, for the homebound and elderly throughout our community, there is no plan.  Because of their inability to drive or move freely, there is no way to gather the supplies they need or to get out of the storm’s path.  Such is the case for many of the recipients served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa every day.

Hurricane Preparedness Packs will be delivered to all 700 recipients before the hurricane season begins, on Saturday May 21. This pack is given to all program recipients in case a disaster were to occur that prevents volunteers from being able to deliver meals.  Included in the packs are 5 shelf-stable meals, a gallon of water, a shelter evaluation form, a whistle, a flashlight, and a variety of emergency resource guides.  The pack is free of charge to recipients. This year, a generous grantor provided funding for the Hurricane Preparedness Pack shelf-stable meals, as well as the whistles. HCI Group, Inc. provided the gallons of water and flashlights. Meals On Wheels of Tampa also participated in Give Day Tampa Bay to raise awareness and funds to cover the costs.

For the past 11 years, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed a plan for its recipients in the event that a large storm does hit the Tampa Bay area.  Just last year, for the first time ever, Meals On Wheels of Tampa residents had to utilize the shelf stable meals from their Hurricane Preparedness Packs due to major flooding in the South Tampa area.

“It’s absolutely wonderful that the Tampa community came together on this year to provide the much needed funding for this project.  We are also thrilled that the HCI Group and Moffitt Cancer Center are helping with the delivery to those we serve.  We hope our recipients will never be faced with using these items during an actual hurricane, but it’s a comfort to know that they will be prepared in the event that a storm does hit our community,” says Steve King, the Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

Meals On Wheels of Tampa would like to thank the following groups for coming together on Saturday, May 21, to prepare and deliver these packs: HCI Group, Inc., Chubb Insurance, Grow Financial, Health Choice Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF, Vaco and the many other committed MOW Tampa volunteers.  It is a beautiful way of extending a helping hand to those in need in our community.  Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th each year.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding and is proud that 85 cents of every dollar donated goes back to feeding and caring for our senior and homebound neighbors.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Would you like to start receiving meals or do you know someone in need of home delivered meal service? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

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Student Leadership Board Host ‘Student Music Fest’ to Benefit Tampa’s Senior and Homebound Neighbors on Friday, April 22

TAMPA, FL (April 22, 2016) – On Friday, April 22, local high school students from Berkeley Preparatory School, H. B. Plant High School, Hillsborough High School, Jesuit High School, and Tampa Preparatory School, will gather for the first ever Student Music Fest, hosted by Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board (HSLB) and Tampa Preparatory School. More than 200 guests will gather from 6-8 p.m. around the stage at Tampa Prep’s parking lot (722 Cass St.) for the music and dance event of the year. Tickets are currently on sale at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the HSLB’s project, Water On Wheels (WOW), to encourage healthy hydration by providing reusable water tumblers and educational materials to all 700+ seniors and homebound served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa each day. Community volunteers will deliver the reusable water tumblers, along with hurricane preparedness packs, to all of the program recipients on Saturday, May 21. The project was designed to encourage healthy hydration among our senior and homebound neighbors, since seniors are more at risk of dehydration, especially entering the summer months.

The two-hour event is jam packed with students from Tampa who will perform music and dance acts throughout the night.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event from various vendors and food trucks.  Guests will also be able to purchase the branded HSLB WOW reusable water tumbler that displays all 5 participating high school logos, and in turn, every time a reusable water tumbler is purchased that evening, a homebound senior on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program receives one. In addition to the food and drink, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. Auction items include hockey sticks and t-shirts signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, gift cards, fresh baked cookies, and much more.

Tickets are available for purchase now for $10 at www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest or tickets may be purchased at the door for $12. Tampa Preparatory School will host and sponsor the event.

“The High School Leadership Board is so excited for the chance to bring our project Water on Wheels to life! So much time and thought has gone into this fundraiser in order to raise money to benefit our mission to hydrate the homebound in Tampa!” Bridget O’Carroll, HSLB member and senior at Berkeley Preparatory School.

The High School Leadership Board (HSLB) was developed in the Fall of 2015 to provide a unique opportunity for students who want to get more involved with a local non-profit, focused on senior hunger. The mission of the High School Leadership Board (HSLB) is to connect high school students with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and their community, through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising and program development. This service-learning and leadership development program is comprised of 9 outstanding high school students. These students contribute to and inform Meals On Wheels of Tampa programming, while acting as ambassadors and leaders in their communities.

Members of the High School Leadership Board include: Lexa Armstrong, Senior, Tampa Preparatory School; Allison Blair, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Maggie Fitzsimmons, Junior, H.B. Plant High School, Harrison Lorenzen, Junior, Tampa Preparatory School; Ben Miller, Junior, Jesuit High School; Suparna Narayan, Senior, Hillsborough High School, Bridget O’Carroll, Junior, Berkeley Preparatory School; Chandler Rodriguez, Junior, Jesuit High School; and Kathleen Tan, Junior, Hillsborough High School.
Pre-sale tickets are $10.00 per person; tickets include access to Student Music Fest. To purchase tickets, visit www.MOWTampa.org/musicfest.

If you would like to financially support the HSLB WOW project, please visit https://secure.mowtampa.org/donations/new and indicate ‘HSLB WOW’ in the field ‘company’ or call Cindy Vann at Meals On Wheels of Tampa at (813) 238-8410 or C.Vann@MOWTampa.org.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding and is proud that 85 cents of every dollar donated goes back to feeding and caring for our senior and homebound neighbors.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Would you like to start receiving meals or do you know someone in need of home delivered meal service? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

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Community gives up Saturday morning to deliver fresh produce to Tampa’s homebound neighbors

TAMPA, FL, (April 16) – On Saturday, April 16, over 100 community volunteers, businesses and groups will participate in Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s Produce On Wheels (POW) program, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Dedicated volunteers give their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 16.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Groups helping to deliver produce on Saturday morning include the USF Alpha Phi Omega, USF College of Public Health, Suncoast Credit Union, and Temple Terrace Women’s Club. In response to this program, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has developed partnerships with the following groups: Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others.

This monthly event is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients last year.

“Thank you so much for the bag of fresh produce! This is such a blessing because I can no longer shop for fresh food. Many thanks to all who helped with this program, it is wonderful! Especially the volunteers who came to see me on a Saturday-what a treat!” said Delores, HDM recipient on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback will also be collected from recipients and volunteers to evaluate the program launch to continue to improve the program. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health will assist Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of the POW program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test, Post-test, and Process evaluation surveys have been completed; impact results will be announced in May.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: May 21st (NO POW, Hurricane Prep Packs are delivered), June 18th , and July 16th .  Meals On Wheels of Tampa hopes to expand the program later this year.

Interested in delivering POW!? Sign up by visiting www.MOWTampa.org/programs/pow or call (813) 238-8410.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

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Tampa Prep Senior Class & Staff Deliver 100+ Hot Meals to Seniors and Homebound on Terrapin Day of Service

TAMPA, FL, Thursday, February 18, 2016 – Students from the senior class and staff from Tampa Preparatory School will deliver 10 routes, totaling over 100 meals, to Tampa’s senior and homebound neighbors for the School’s annual day of giving back, Terrapin Day, on Thursday, February 18.

Students from the senior class will spend the day volunteering at Meals On Wheels, as well as The Sweetwater Organic Farm and St. Peter Claver School. Seniors taking part in Meals On Wheels will deliver over 100 meals around the Tampa Bay area. After the 10 routes are delivered, students will spend time learning about the Meals On Wheels mission and helping put together Volunteer Orientation Packs.

Tampa Preparatory School’s mission is “to live a higher purpose than self.” This is accomplished by allowing students the opportunity to volunteer in their community on Terrapin Day of Service. For the past nine years, the school has also been a partner to Meals On Wheels of Tampa as an Adopt-A-Route partner, which means their staff and students take turns delivering the same route, every week.

“We are so excited to have the students from Tampa Prep assist in meal delivery- it just makes our recipients day! They love seeing the kids when they open their front door, and of course their smiling faces!” said Jan Costello, Recipient Coordinator. For many on the program, the Meals On Wheels volunteer is the only person the recipients may interact with all day.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org/volunteer or call (813) 238-8410.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour. Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

About Tampa Preparatory School:

Tampa Preparatory School is leading the way in education with a focus on what’s best for students. Tampa Preparatory School’s independent, coeducational college prep school enrolls approximately 650 students in grades 6 – 12. For more than 40 years, their educational philosophy has instilled values of fairness, decency, honor, diligence and academic curiosity. Students receive unparalleled instruction from caring teachers at the school’s 150,000 square-foot complex located in the heart of downtown Tampa.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa Welcomes Newest Board Member

TAMPA, FL, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa welcomed its newest board member, Linda Washington, this past month.

Linda Washington, HR Benefits Supervisor for Coca-Cola Refreshments and President of the Progress Village Civic Council, was appointed in December, for terms ending in 2019.

“I’m truly excited about having Linda join our Board! Her heart for helping others, combined with her many professional skills, makes her a wonderful fit as she helps to lead our mission. Best of all, she has a sincere passion for the homebound, elderly, and disabled of our community!” Steve King, Executive Director.

 

The Meals On Wheels of Tampa Board of Directors include:

Dennis Pitocco, President, BIZCATALYST 360°

Wilda Isabel, Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Fred Wallrapp, Treasurer, Tribute Telecom

Robert B. Gough III, Secretary, Hill Ward Henderson

Veronica Alfaro, 99.5 QYK

Mary Alvarez, Community Volunteer

Jack Amor, TECO

Michelle Backlund, Argus Dental & Vision, Inc.

Jana Boehmer, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Jo Deck Community Volunteer

Doreen Greco Ide, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Dolores McIntosh Community Volunteer

Holly O’Brien, Wiliam E Hahn, P.A.

Ed O’Carroll, Past President, Gulfshore Bank

Kathy Ritchie, Rieth & Ritchie, P.A

Laura Sherman, BKS Partners

Amy Shimberg, Past President

Cathy Smith, Past President, PAR, Inc.

Doug Tuttle, Past President, American Momentum Bank

Linda Washington, Coca-Cola

Beverly White, All Generations Law

 

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Please visit http://www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour. Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa and Feeding Tampa Bay to Deliver Free Produce to 700 Homebound on Saturday

TAMPA, FL, Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa launches for the second time ever, a new program, Produce On Wheels (POW), in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce. Over 100 individuals, businesses and community groups will volunteer their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 16th.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Groups helping to deliver produce on Saturday morning include the USF College of Public Health, Suncoast Credit Union, BJ’s New Tampa, Temple Terrace Women’s Club. In response to this program, partnerships have developed with the following groups: Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others.

This is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa. POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients in August.

“Bringing us fresh fruits and vegetables is a blessing. The closest grocery store is over 3 miles away from my house and I can’t drive…even if I got a ride, I can’t stand long enough to shop… so fresh is hard for me to get.  I know I have lived this long because of good health and good nutrition- I am certain that fresh fruits and veggies are the best medicine and have helped kept me alive this long,” said Barbara, HDM recipient.

In addition to increasing access to produce, this opportunity has increased volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients will also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety. Feedback will also be collected from recipients and volunteers to evaluate the program launch so we can continue to improve the program. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health will assist Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of this program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test surveys are currently underway; post-test surveys will begin in March.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: February 20th , March 19th, and April 16th. We hope to expand the program later this year.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org/volunteer or call (813) 238-8410.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour. Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Meals On Wheels Volunteers Collect, Sort, Pack & ­­Deliver Holiday Gift Bags to 700 Seniors & Homebound on Super Saturday

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

WED. 12/16: Eagle Scout Troop and BJ’s New Tampa will sort donated items. Please arrive at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave, at 12:45pm Wednesday, December 16. Volunteers will sort items between 1:00pm-3:00pm.

THURS. 12/17: Staff from the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay will sort donated items. Please arrive at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave, at 8:00am Thursday, December 17. Volunteers will sort items between 8:00am-12pm.

 FRI. 12/18: The Meals On Wheels of Tampa Board of Directors, residents from the Canterbury Tower Retirement Community, and staff from the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay will pack donated items. Please arrive at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave, at 8:45am Thursday, December 17. Volunteers will sort items between 9:00am-11:00am.

 **SAT. 12/19: Over 100 volunteers and their cars full of families will deliver holiday gift bags. Please arrive at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave, at 9:00am Saturday, December 19. Volunteers will pick up pre-packed bags between 9:30-10:30am. Please let Lauren know if you would like to ride along with a volunteer to capture footage of the recipient receiving the gift bag at the front door. Thanks!

TAMPA, FL, Saturday, December 19, 2015 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOWTampa) volunteers will sort and pack thousands of donated items Wednesday and Thursday, December 16th and 17th; and 100+ volunteers and their families will deliver over 700 holiday gift bags to senior and homebound meal recipients on the morning of Super Saturday, Saturday, December 19th.

Over 100 community members and families will volunteer their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver holiday bags filled with homemade cards, toiletries, healthy snacks, puzzles and games to homebound neighbors on Saturday morning.  Volunteers will pick up items from MOWTampa between 9:30am-10:30am. Routes will take volunteers about an hour to complete.

The goal of this mission is to let the homebound members of Tampa know they are loved and thought of during the holiday season, and not forgotten.  For most of the 700 recipients this will be the only gift they receive this holiday season. Most of them do not have family or friends near and/or they are unable to leave the house to visit loved ones or shop. This is our way of showing our recipients they are cared for above and beyond a daily meal.

This mission could not have been fulfilled without the hundreds of volunteers, community members, organizations who have come together.  Holiday Gift Bag items were collected in wrapped donation drop boxes by more than 50 groups, including Mosaic, Bank of Tampa, Van Dyke Church and MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet School. A special thank you to Canterbury Tower for donating the holiday gift tote bags.

“We are humbled by the generosity and support from our community to help fill the holiday gift bags,” stated Jan Costello, Recipient Intake Coordinator, “a value can not be placed on the difference this gift bag will make in our recipients holidays, as most are not going to leave their house or join a gathering with family.”

MOWTampa encourages neighbors to help neighbors this holiday season and not to forget the hidden faces of our homebound.  Stop in and say hello, you may be the only person they see today.

For additional information or to schedule a ride along for Holiday Gift Bag delivery day, please contact Lauren Vance at l.vance@mowtampa.org; office (813) 238-8410; or cell (847) 529-8628.­­­

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Meals On Wheels Volunteers Pack & ­­Deliver Flowers, Baked Goods, and More to 700 Homebound on Thanksgiving Morning

Media Please arrive at Meals On Wheels of Tampa office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave, at 9:00am Thursday, November 26. Volunteers will be pick up pre-packed bags between 9:30-10:30am. Please let Lauren know if you would like to ride along with a volunteer to capture footage at the front door. Thanks!

TAMPA, FL, Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOWTampa) volunteers will pack over 700 bags for recipients on Wednesday, November 25th for delivery on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26th.

Over 100 community members and families will volunteer their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver bags filled with homemade cards, fresh baked goods, and flowers to homebound neighbors on the morning of Thanksgiving.  Volunteers will pick up items from MOWTampa between 9:30-10:30am. Routes will take volunteers about an hour to complete.

The goal of this mission is to let the homebound members of Tampa know they are loved and thought about during the holiday season, and not forgotten.  For most of the recipients this might be the only person they see over the 4-day holiday weekend.

This mission could not have been fulfilled without the hundreds of volunteers who have come together.  All Thanksgiving morning goodies have been collected from the community, with dozens of contributions from Hillsborough County schools and many faith based organizations. A special thank you to Random Acts of Flowers for providing bud vases for each recipient.

“We appreciate the generosity and support from our community to help fill the gift bags,” stated Steve King, Executive Director, “a value can not be placed on the difference one small act of kindness will make in our recipients holidays.”

MOW encourages neighbors to help neighbors this holiday season and not to forget the hidden faces of our homebound.  Stop in and say hello, you may be the only person they see today.

For additional information or to schedule a ride along for Thanksgiving Morning, please contact Lauren Vance at l.vance@mowtampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 or cell (847) 529-8628

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:

Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa and Feeding Tampa Bay to Deliver Free Produce to 700 Homebound on Saturday

TAMPA, FL, Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa launches a new program, Produce On Wheels (POW), in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, to increase senior and homebound access to fresh produce.  Over 100 individuals, businesses and community groups will volunteer their time, vehicle, and gas to deliver pre-packed bags of fresh produce to 700 home delivered meal recipients (HDM) on the morning of Saturday, October 17th.  Produce bags are free of charge to HDM recipients.

Those that will be joining us on Saturday morning include the USF College of Public Health, Suncoast Credit Union, MacDill Air Force Base, and the Girl Scouts. We are thrilled to develop further partnerships with the following groups: Feeding Tampa Bay, University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, University of Florida Extension Office, Next Stop Produce, and others.

This is very exciting for Meals On Wheels of Tampa whose mission is to nourish, enrich, and strengthen the independent lives of the homebound and seniors in Tampa.  POW was developed in response to results collected from a survey that was sent out to all 700 HDM recipients in August.

“You bringing us fresh fruits and vegetables is a blessing. The closest grocery store is over 3 miles away from my house and I can’t drive…even if I got a ride, I can’t stand long enough to shop… so fresh is hard for me to get.  I know I have lived this long because of good health and good nutrition- I am certain that fresh fruits and veggies are the best medicine and have helped kept me alive this long,” said Barbara, HDM recipient.

In addition to increasing access to produce, we hope this opportunity increases volunteer opportunities for those who may not be available to deliver meals during the week.

Recipients will also receive an educational handout that highlights the nutritional advantages of the items in the bag, tips to reduce waste, recipe ideas, and produce safety.  Feedback will also be collected from recipients and volunteers to evaluate the program launch so we can continue to improve the program. Professor Lauri Wright from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health will assist Meals On Wheels of Tampa staff in evaluating the effectiveness of this program on Tampa’s seniors and homebound. Pre-test surveys are currently underway; post-test surveys will begin in March.

Future POW/Saturday delivery dates are: November 26th (Thanksgiving treat), December 19th (Holiday gift bag), January 16th (Produce), and February 20th (Produce). We hope to expand the program in 2016.

Interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Meals On Wheels of Tampa? Please visit www.MOWTampa.org/volunteer or call (813) 238-8410.

If you would like to start receiving meals or if you know someone in need, please visit www.MOWTampa.org or call (813) 238-8410 today.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa since 1975. Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves over 700 people with a hot meal during the lunch hour.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is a 4-star charity and relies on its community for support by not accepting government funding.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center, Edward Jones Deliver Hurricane Preparedness Packs to Homebound Neighbors

 Delivery of Packs: Saturday, May 30 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m at 550 W. Hillsborough Ave., 33603

 TAMPA, Florida – May 30, 2015 – Meals On Wheels of Tampa, The Moffitt Cancer Center, Edward Jones and many other dedicated volunteers announced they will be delivering special Hurricane Preparedness Packs to the Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients for the 2015 Hurricane season.

As June approaches we are reminded to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season by our local news stations, grocery stores and businesses.  Many of us have a plan for what we will do when a big storm hits the area.  However, for the homebound and elderly throughout our community, there is no plan.  Because of their inability to drive or move freely, there is no way to gather the supplies they need or to get out of the storm’s path.  Such is the case for many of the recipients served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa every day.

For the past 10 years, MOW Tampa has developed a plan for its recipients in the event that a large storm does hit the Tampa Bay area.  This year, for the first time ever MOW Tampa participated in Give Day Tampa Bay to raise awareness and funds to cover the costs.   Hurricane Preparedness Packs will be delivered to all 650 recipients before the hurricane season begins.  Included in the packs are 5 shelf-stable meals, a gallon of water, and a special-needs shelter application.

“It’s absolutely wonderful that the Tampa community came together on this year’s Give Day Tampa Bay to help us reach our goal to be able to provide the much needed funding for this project.  We are also thrilled that the Moffitt Cancer Center and Edward Jones are helping with the delivery to those we serve.  We hope our recipients will never be faced with using these items during an actual hurricane, but it’s a comfort to know that they will be prepared in the event that a storm does hit our community,” says Steve King, the Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

Meals On Wheels of Tampa would like to thank The Moffitt Cancer Center, Edward Jones members, and the many other committed MOW Tampa volunteers for coming together on Saturday, May 30, to prepare and deliver these packs.  It is a beautiful way of extending a helping hand to those in need in our community.

About Meals On Wheels of Tampa:

Meals On Wheels of Tampa is committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of the homebound and seniors of Tampa.  MOW Tampa has been serving meals to people who have trouble shopping for or preparing meals for the past 40 years.  Today, MOW Tampa serves over 650 people who need a extra support from their neighbors.

About The Moffitt Cancer Center:

The mission of Moffitt Cancer Center is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.  The non-profit agency includes physicians, scientists, researchers and staff who collaborate to transform the lives of thousands of people who have been impacted by cancer.  Moffitt’s efforts have been proven to improve patient outcomes, as well as access, affordability and quality of care.

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Hurricane Preparedness Kits- 2014

May 31, 2014- Every spring we are reminded to prepare for Hurricane Season by local news stations, grocery stores, and businesses.  Many of us have a plan for what we will do if a big storm hits the area.  We collect canned goods, water, and stock up on supplies and batteries in the hopes we will be prepared for the next big storm.  For many of the homebound, disabled, and elderly, however, there is no plan.  Because many of them are unable to drive or move freely, they have no way to gather the supplies they need or to leave if we are in the storm’s path.  This is the predicament for most of the recipients served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

Over the past eight years, Meals On Wheels has delivered Hurricane Preparedness Kits for each of its 700 recipients in the event that a large storm does hit the Tampa Bay area.  Included in these kits are 5 shelf-stable meals, a gallon jug of water, a special needs shelter application, and other information and brochures provided by Hillsborough County on what actions to take in event of an storm.

On Saturday May 31, between 8am and 10am, over 60 volunteers will gather at Meals On Wheels of Tampa at 550 W Hillsborough Ave to pick up the Hurricane Preparedness Kits (meals, water and information) and deliver them to the almost 700 homebound recipients around the community. Many of these volunteers will bring their family (moms, dads, and children welcome!) to help in the deliveries.

Meals On Wheels of Tampa thanks all of these volunteers who are coming together to prepare and deliver these important Hurricane Preparedness Kits to the homebound, disabled, and elderly of Tampa.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa to Host “Mayors For Meals Day” on March 14th

TAMPA, Fla. –  (March 14, 2012) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa announced today that it will be holding “Mayors For Meals Day” as a part of its March For Meals campaign. Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be participating in the event to show his support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.

Meals On Wheels of Tampa “Mayors For Meals Day” event on Wednesday, March 14th, will include Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivering meals with 36 year veteran volunteer, Amy Shimberg and MOW Tampa Executive Director, Steve King.  “We are excited about having Mayor Bob Buckhorn participate in our “Mayors for Meals Day” event and greatly appreciate his wonderful show of appreciation for those we serve,” said Steve King.

March For Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

This year, Meals On Wheels programs across the country are also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA).  The OAA is the primary piece of federal legislation that authorizes and supports vital nutrition services, both congregate and Meals On Wheels, to Americans age 60 and older.

“We thank these local leaders for stepping up to the plate and joining our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020,” said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. “Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines of our battle and need support from elected leaders to continue providing the nutritious meals and human contact that our seniors so desperately depend on.”

Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like Meals On Wheels of Tampa, promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.  Mayors For Meals Day is a component of March For Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa Delivers More Than Meals for the Holidays

TAMPA, Fla.– (December 5-7, 2011) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa delivers holiday gift bags to the homebound and seniors to brighten their holiday season.

For many of our recipients their family lives far away.  Age and lack of financial resources keep many of the elderly bound to their homes during the holidays.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is making the season extra special by assembling and delivering holiday gift bags to each recipient.  This is our way of reminding our homebound and seniors they are not forgotten and we care.  Each bag is filled with a variety of items, including: a calendar, Christmas ornaments, snacks, juices, hygiene items, and one special wrapped gift, which is a plush white towel this year.

These gift bags are made possible by the many donations Meals On Wheels of Tampa receives from businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and individuals in the community.  A special thank you to: Dr. Edward, Village Presbyterian Women, US Food Service, Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office, The Girl Scouts, Vangent Inc.,Canterbury Towers, Cheney Brothers, Odyssey Marine Exploration, Nu Vista.

Members of the MOW Tampa Board and staff are gathering at our facility to assemble the bags on Monday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Volunteers will deliver the bags on Wednesday, December 7th.   This program has been a success for many years.  Many recipients often say this is the only gift they get all season.  It is always something they look forward to receiving.

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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Meals On Wheels of Tampa partner together as two non-profits helping one another make a difference in our community

TAMPA, Fla.– (November 14, 2011) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa has partnered with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to provide pet food to more homebound and senior individuals in our community who have hungry animals.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay delivers free dog and cat food to seniors who are homebound. The Animeals program enables individuals to keep their pets even if they are unable to leave their homes to buy pet food.  Dedicated volunteers deliver the food on the first Saturday of every month.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves a large population of homebound seniors by delivers hot healthy meals five days a week.  Many of the MOW Tampa pet owners sacrifice their own nutrition by sharing portions of their meal with their hungry pets.  By introducing the Animeals program to MOW Tampa recipients, these individuals and their animals will now be able to maintain a healthy diet.

Both organizations celebrate this partnership, allowing them to share vital resources in order to meet their mission’s needs, caring for people who have pets and need a little extra help providing for them.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa wins 6th Annual Children’s Board Innovative Business Plan Competition

TAMPA, Fla.– (September 30, 2011) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa which delivers hot meals to approximately 600 homebound and senior citizens each day, has won the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s 6th Annual Innovative Business Plan competition worth $25,000. The innovative business plan competition is part of the Children’s Board’s commitment to social enterprise which incorporates earned income to generate additional revenue.

Steve King, executive director of Meals On Wheels of Tampa, accepted the first-place award at a recognition event at the Children’s Board on Sept. 30. The award will go toward Meals On Wheels’ new initiative, “Nonprofits Helping Nonprofits,” which will prepare and deliver hot, nutritious meals at competitive prices to other nonprofit organizations that have daily food services needs.

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Bank of America Awards Meals On Wheels of Tampa a $25,000 Grant

TAMPA, Fla. – (April 14, 2011) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa Receives a $25,000 grant from Bank of America to help feed the homebound and seniors in Tampa

Bank of America recently awarded Meals On Wheels of Tampa a $25,000 grant to provide 5,263 meals for the homebound and senior neighbors served by MOW who can not afford to pay the $4.75 per meal cost. Additionally, this grant allows MOW Tampa to expand their delivery area to meet the growing need for services during this challenging economic time for many homebound and seniors. Meals On Wheels of Tampa is extremely grateful for this generous grant and the ongoing partnership with Bank of America.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa Delivers More Than Meals for the Holidays

TAMPA, Fla. – (December 6-8, 2010) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa delivers holiday gift bags to each recipients to brighten their holiday season.

Every December, Meals On Wheels of Tampa delivers holiday gift bags to each recipient to brighten their holiday season. This is our way of reminding our homebound and seniors that we care. Each bag is filled with many items, including: a calendar, Christmas ornaments, hats, snacks, juices, hygiene items, and one special wrapped gift. These gift bags are made possible by the many donations Meals On Wheels of Tampa receives from companies in our community. Thank you to: Academy of Holy Names (Sister Mary Patricia Plumb), Assurance Employee Benefits, Brandon Academy, Britten Dental Associates, Canterbury Tower, Cheney Brothers Inc., Rick Eppers, Debbie Ferris, Fifth Third Bank, Frank Giunta (DDS, PPA), Gordon Food Service, Albert Harvey, The Knifty Kneedlers, Nu Vista Foods Group Inc., Dr. Edward Paikoff, PAR, Frank J. Sierra (DDS), U.S. Food Service Inc., Village Presbyterian Church- Ladies Group, Wesley United Methodist Church, West Coast Dental, and the many schools, groups and individuals who have helped support this holiday project.

On December 6, members of our Board and friends from Canterbury Tower are gathering at our offices to assemble each gift bag. Volunteers will pick up their recipient bags on Tuesday, December 7 between 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Meals On Wheels’ office, 550 W. Hillsborough Avenue. All bags were delivered to our recipients on Wednesday, December 8. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season for all.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa Receives $30,000 grant from Bank of America

TAMPA, Fla. – (October 11, 2010) — Bank of America awarded Meals On Wheels of Tampa a $30,000 operating support grant which will be used to address a new state law signed in August, which mandates increased background screening for all volunteers who serve vulnerable populations. This grant will ensure that Meals On Wheels of Tampa will not have to draw upon its operating budget to cover the cost of $42.25 for each background check required for the over 700 volunteers who regularly deliver hot, healthy meals to homebound and seniors in the community. Meals On Wheels of Tampa is extremely grateful for the generous grant and its ongoing partnership with Bank of America.

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Meals On Wheels of Tampa Awards Mary Rose Owens the Amy Shimberg Volunteer of the Year Award for her 35 years of service to Meals On Wheels of Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – (September 29, 2010) – Meals On Wheels of Tampa awarded Mary Rose Owens, of Temple Terrace, the Amy Shimberg Volunteer of the Year Award for her 35 years of service to Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

Mary Rose Owens began volunteering for Meals On Wheels of Tampa the day the doors opened in 1975. Currently Ms. Owens is a Route Coordinator for our Temple Terrace Distribution Site. As a Route Coordinator, she recruits volunteers, assigns routes, trains new volunteers and oversees the day to day operations. Earlier this year, Ms. Owens played a significant role in helping Meals On Wheels of Tampa expand their service to the homebound and seniors in the Temple Terrace community. The Amy Shimberg Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2007 in honor of Ms. Amy Shimberg. Amy is a humble and dedicated volunteer who has delivered hot, healthy meals to the homebound and seniors of our community every Wednesday for 35 years and continues to do so today. The award was created so Meals On Wheels of Tampa could recognize one volunteer each year who exemplifies dedication and commitment through selfless service to our organization. Past winners of the Amy Shimberg Volunteer of the Year Award have been: Ms. Amy Shimberg (2007), Ms. Margaret Goodson (2008), Mr. Ben Coleman (2009), Ms. Mary Rose Owens (2010).

Volunteers like Mary Rose Owens are the heart and soul of Meals On Wheels of Tampa, delivering hot, nutritious meals and touching the lives of the homebound and seniors in our community.