Grants Help Provide Warm Meals to Homebound Elderly

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $40,100 to 58 Mobile Meal Providers in Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 20, 2016 – Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees recently awarded $34,100 in grants to 56 churches providing warm, fresh meals to homebound elderly residents through Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. In addition, grants were awarded to Edmond Mobile Meals and Meals on Wheels of Norman for $3,000 each.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has supported Mobile Meals programs in central Oklahoma for eight consecutive years, awarding more than $259,000 since 2008. This year, the organization increased the amount of grants awarded for Mobile Meals programs by 10 percent. The grants come at a critical time for Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. Earlier this year, the organization was in danger of closing following state budget cuts.

“The grants we have received from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation have been an absolute lifesaver for our program,” said Allen Johnson, project director for Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. “The grants provided the sustenance to keep our program alive until other funding options were available, and they have allowed us to expand our reach of home-delivered meals over the last six months.”

Older adults often experience challenges such as limited income, travel and health limitations that contribute to their risk of going hungry. One out of every six Oklahoma seniors struggles with hunger, including 16,152 seniors in Oklahoma County. According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, our state ranks among the top 10 in the nation with seniors who experience food insecurity. As the baby-boom generation continues to age, these statistics are predicted to increase.

Through the help of volunteers from churches and other organizations, Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County provides meals to more than 1,000 metropolitan area seniors age 60 and older who are unable to prepare their own food. Edmond Mobile Meals serves 1,000 meals per week and the Norman Meals on Wheels program serves more than 300 clients a day. The programs also provide seniors with consistent personal contact and inquiry on their well-being.

“Mobile Meals is a vital service for homebound elderly in our community and we truly appreciate the commitment from these churches and their congregations to support the program,” says Nancy B. Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

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

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

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.