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Grants Help Provide Warm Meals to Homebound Elderly

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $65,400 to 57 Central Oklahoma Mobile Meal Providers

Volunteer in the kitchen
A mobile meals volunteer prepares meals for delivery

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is providing warm meals to homebound elderly citizens this winter through $56,600 in grants to Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County and 54 churches that prepare and deliver meals. In addition, grants were awarded to Edmond Mobile Meals and Meals on Wheels of Norman for $4,400 each.

Since 2008, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s support of Mobile Meals programs in central Oklahoma has grown, awarding nearly $325,000 in the past decade. As the aging population continues to grow, the need for elderly support from Mobile Meals programs also increases, making the nearly 60 percent in increased support from the Community Foundation this year all the more valuable.

“We have had a rough couple of years between the state budget crisis and churches closing, which has really limited our ability to serve this vulnerable population,” said Allen Johnson project director at Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. “The grants from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation came through at the best possible time allowing the churches to expand their services so they can serve as many people as possible.”

By providing caring, personal contact and nourishing meals, hardworking volunteers at churches and other organizations help Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County serve more than 1,000 metropolitan area seniors age 60 and older who are unable to prepare their own food. Edmond Mobile Meals provides more than 1,000 meals per week and the Norman Meals on Wheels program serves more than 300 clients a day.

“Mobile Meals provides a lifeline to homebound elderly allowing them to remain independent and in their homes when options are limited,” says Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This year, thanks to generous contributions from an anonymous donor, we were able to increase our support of this vital program.”

Grants were awarded to the following churches that provide meals through Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County:

All Souls’ Episcopal Church
Britton Road Church of Christ
Calvin Church Friends
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
The Christ Experience
Choctaw First United Methodist Church
Church of the Living God
Church of the Living God
Church of the Savior
Church of the Servant Methodist Church
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
Countryside Baptist Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Crossings Community Church
Crown heights Christian Church
Crown Heights United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
First Baptist Church of Choctaw
First Baptist Church of Bethany
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Greater Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Greater New Bethlehem Temple
Hillcrest Christain Church
Linwood United Methodist Church
Mayflower Congregational Church
Messiah Lutheran Church
Metropolitan Baptist Church
Mosaic United Methodist Church
New Covenant Christian Church
Nicoma Park Christian Church
Northeast Church of Christ
Oakcrest Church of Christ
Paradise Baptist Church
Putnam City Christian Church
Putnam City United Methodist Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church
South Lindsay Baptist Church
Southern Hills United Methodist Church
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
St. Eugene’s Catholic Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
St. Mary’s Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Church of the Nazarene
Village United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church
Western Oaks Christian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Five Tips to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving

With the holiday season upon us, many local charities are concerned how a year of back-to-back, unprecedented natural disasters will impact their year-end contributions. While giving to disaster relief and recovery efforts across the nation is vital to help rebuild devastated communities, the need to support the ongoing charitable work here at home is no less important. Below are five tips to help ensure your charitable gifts make the greatest impact this giving season.

  1. Pinpoint Your Passion: Take the time to determine what causes you care about most and consider what type of charity can make the greatest impact in your areas of interest. For example, if you want to help support education, do you want to give to a public school foundation to fund programs and equipment at your local school? Or, would you prefer to give to a small nonprofit tutoring and mentoring underserved students?
  2. Explore Your Options: Once you’ve identified your giving goals, take the time to learn about the different charities serving that need in your community. Discover local charities serving a specific cause at GiveSmartOKC.org. The online directory offers a keyword search to help you find charities that fit your interests.
  3. Do Your Homework: Learn more about the organization and ensure its legitimacy. Several websites such as GuideStar.org and IRS.gov allow you to verify if an organization is tax-exempt. For charities in central Oklahoma, GiveSmartOKC.org offers a deeper look into the organization’s specific programs to evaluate their impact and ensure they will make the best use of your contribution.
  4. Maximize your Donation with a Matching Gift: Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts for charitable contributions made by employees. Locally, you can take advantage of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund Endowment Matching Program. To find organizations currently eligible for a matching gift, visit occf.org/KFFmatch.
  5. Look for Alternatives to Cash Donations: While cash gifts are always welcome, many charities also encourage other types of gifts such as stocks, real estate or gifts from your retirement account. These alternative giving options may also reduce your taxable income for the year. If your chosen charity is unable to accept these gifts, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation may be able to facilitate the gift to support the charity through its endowment fund.

By giving more effectively, you can maximize the impact of your charitable support and help our local charities make a lasting impact in our community this giving season.