Meals on Wheels Orange County, NC (MOWOCNC)
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels and Orange County Rural Alliance merged in June to become Meals on Wheels Orange County, NC (MOWOCNC), which now serves older adults living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and rural Orange County. Under COVID-19 pandemic conditions, weekday hot meals and check-in visits have been replaced with a weekly delivery of five frozen meals and a bag of fresh fruit as well as every other weekday check-in calls to ensure recipients are healthy, have eaten, and have access to other food beyond the Meals on Wheels delivery. Emergency food and supply boxes are provided for those in need of additional food.
Your round up provides weekly bags of fresh nutritious fruit for MOWOCNC recipients. Our round up goal is $35,000—to provide fresh fruit weekly for a year. Clients are currently receiving apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, and pears.
An estimated 1 in 7 older adults in Orange County is food insecure and hundreds more are isolated and/or lonely. Volunteers sort and deliver the food and make check-in calls.
More than 43% of the 7,500 students attending Orange County elementary schools live at a poverty level that qualifies them for the free and reduced lunch program. Weaver Street partners with Orange County Schools to provide bags of healthy, fresh foods for kids at risk for hunger over school breaks when they do not have access to school meals. In 2019, through the Round Up campaign at the Hillsborough store, we provided fresh vegetables and fruits as well as healthy non-perishable foods. Each family also received coupons for Homeland Creamery milk, Cabot cheese and butter, Latta eggs, and Weaver Street bread.
The food is distributed to students at five OCS elementary schools: Central, Efland-Cheeks Global, Grady A. Brown, New Hope, and Pathways as well as students to AJ Stanback Middle School and Partnership Academy.