Give Thanks… Give Hope

GiveThanks14-womanWhen her son moved out of state for work and her osteoarthritis became debilitating, Sabina Clark of Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood lost more than her mobility and family: she lost a great deal of weight before a neighbor noticed and contacted authorities.

“I live by myself, and I can no longer use my hands to cook my meals. They just don’t work,” said the 85-year-old retired secretary. I wasn’t eating enough, but I thought I could manage.”

Clark, who is considered homebound due to her mobility issues, enrolled in Meals on Wheels Chicago’s meal delivery program and has been able to remain in her home. Stories like hers are all too common, as many older adults struggle to feed themselves and suffer the effects of hunger-related illness.

For over 27 years, Meals on Wheels Chicago has been there for our city’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities. By providing nutritious meals and human contact, Meals on Wheels Chicago has given countless Chicagoans dignity, independence, and hope.

You can play a vital role in feeding our city’s homebound seniors
and individuals with disabilities.

At this moment, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and the number of them experiencing food insecurity continues to increase.  Having a disability has emerged as one of the strongest known factors that affect a household’s food security.  Seniors and individuals with disabilities are distinct populations that share a common struggle with food insecurity. They often have nowhere to turn. Meals on Wheels Chicago is easing their burden, and we are asking for your help.

Our goal for the 2015 “Give Thanks” Campaign is to provide 25,000 meals to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities during the holiday season.

When we meet our goal, no Chicago homebound senior or individual with a disability will have to spend the holiday season worrying about where they will find their next meal.

Without your help, our meal services cannot reach these individuals in need. Thousands will risk their homes and their independence, and many will face costly institutional care they cannot afford. Most of us can’t imagine any of our loved ones going without regular meals during the holiday season – a time when most of us are surrounded by the warmth and kindness of family and friends.

Won’t you make the holidays bright for a homebound Chicago senior
or an individual with a disability?

Chicago truly is a city of “big shoulders,” full of generous and concerned individuals just like you who understand the importance of taking care of one another. Every day, members of our senior and disability communities suffer in silence and need your help. Please join Meals on Wheels Chicago in making this year’s campaign an overwhelming success. Wishing you and your family health and happiness this holiday season. Thank you for your support.

Kimberly Porritt, Executive Director