Help Continue to Reduce the Waiting List for Meals on Wheels

Sound Generations’ Meals on Wheels program reduced our waiting list for new applicants from five months to one-to-two months, with help from community support. Many of you helped by donating to the online campaign or volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Meal Drive.

You can still support Meals on Wheels with an online donation. You may either designate your gift specifically to the program or choose to allow us to apply your gift where it is most needed.

2016 Meals on Wheels Drive 2016-mow-2Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped kick off the drive at area grocery stores, November 3 through 5.

Thanks to our partner grocery stores who supported our campaign

Grocery Outlet – Auburn
102 Cross Street S.E.
Auburn, WA 98001

Grocery Outlet – Aurora
13201 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133

Grocery Outlet – Burien
236 S.W. 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166

Grocery Outlet – Crossroads
15625 N.E. 8th. St.
Bellevue, WA 98008

Grocery Outlet – Crown Hill
8700 15th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115

Grocery Outlet – Federal Way
32945 Pacific Hwy. S.
Federal Way, 98003

Grocery Outlet – Kent
23910 104th Ave. S.E.
Kent, WA 98032

Grocery Outlet – Madrona
1126 MLK Jr. Way S.
Seattle, WA 98122

Grocery Outlet – Renton
2809 N.E. Sunset Blvd.
Renton, WA 98059

Grocery Outlet – Skyway
11656 68th Ave. S. 98178

Uwajimaya – Renton
501 South Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

In July of 2016, Sound Generations’ (formerly Senior Services) announced that for the first time in its forty-nine year history new applicants to its Meals on Wheels program faced a wait of up to five months before they could be added to the program. Now, with the help of several large contributions from local agencies and donors, Meals on Wheels has reduced the waiting list to one-to-two months as of October 2016.

The reduction in the waiting list was largely possible due to funding from Aging and Disability Services, who awarded $80,000 specifically to address this issue. Additionally, Jeannie and Bruce Nordstrom, The Biella Foundation, Lucky Seven Foundation, Moccasin Lake Foundation, Schuler Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Catherin Holmes Wilkins Foundation, and Peg & Rick Young Foundation have made large contributions in recent months.

Though Sound Generations operates the largest meal delivery program for older adults in King County, serving more than 2,700 people each year, it is struggling to keep up with continually increasing demand. Between 2012 and 2015, the program increased the number of individuals served by 38.7%. Meanwhile, support for senior programs from traditional funding sources has significantly decreased.

The largest expense for the program is the cost of the food, followed by staff such as coordinators, order-takers and delivery drivers. More than 300 volunteers help facilitate the delivery of meals at 23 sites throughout King County. In 2015, volunteers contributed a combined 22,346 hours (the equivalent of $615,409).

Currently, more than 200 individuals are on the Meals on Wheels waiting list and on average, 45 new individuals applies to the program each week. The majority of people who apply to Meals on Wheels live with chronic conditions and health issues that severely inhibit their mobility. Many seek help after a medical procedure or illness leaves them bed-ridden.