Water On Wheels (WOW)
It is recommended that seniors drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water each day. Unfortunately, recently collected data shows that 87% of Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients drink less than this recommended amount even though 94% reported that they believe drinking water is important to their health.
Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board (HSLB) developed and introduced a new program, Water On Wheels (WOW), on May 21 2016, to encourage healthy hydration. The student led group, which is comprised of Junior and Senior students from 5 local high schools, raised funds to provide reusable water tumblers, flavor packets, and educational materials to all 700+ seniors and homebound served by MOWTampa each day.
In order to continue impacting the health impact of WOW on our Recipients, current HSLB President, Maggie Fitzsimmons, 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. The expansion of the WOW program will encourage healthy hydration among MOWTampa’s 700 senior and homebound Recipients by providing a free, daily, serving of clean drinking water. Volunteers delivering WOW with daily hot meals will also be asked to offer ‘cracking’ the bottle open for those that may have difficulty doing so.
WOW launches, Tuesday, January 3, 2017.