MIFA Meals on Wheels Milestone: 20 Millionth Meal Served
On Friday, March 28, MIFA’s Meals on Wheels program served its 20 millionth meal to midtown senior Fred Deckard, age 65. Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health and companionship while keeping people independent and living in their homes.
Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. delivered the meal on this landmark day for MIFA and the city’s nonprofit human services safety net.
Meals on Wheels serves 1,200 Shelby County seniors five days a week by delivering hot nutritious meals to homebound elderly and to congregate nutrition sites. The program’s clients are nutritionally at-risk seniors (over age 60) due to illness or disability.
Hundreds of MIFA volunteers help deliver nutrition and fellowship each week to many who are homebound and live socially isolated lives.
Enabling seniors to stay in their own homes means they remain happier, extend their independence and can stay connected to the communities and surroundings that provide them comfort. The powerful side effect of this result is that seniors can stay out of expensive nursing facilities and hospitals.
In addition to support from individuals, corporations, and congregations, MIFA Meals on Wheels is funded primarily by the Aging Commission of the Mid-South.
MIFA Meals on Wheels is accredited through the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s Magnet Accreditation Program, a prestigious group of senior nutrition programs across the country dedicated to providing quality nutrition services at the highest level of organizational accountability.
Nearly 3,700 older adults in Shelby County are food insecure, according to a recent study conducted by the Plough Foundation, and one in 10 Tennessee seniors is food insecure. This means they have limited physical and economic access to sufficient safe, nutritious food to fulfill their dietary needs.