To enhance the quality of health and life of the homebound community by the delivery of hot nutritional meals and the visits of the volunteer drivers.
Homebound Meals is a charity that is 100% locally supported by the community. Monday through Friday we deliver hot medically tailored meals to those who are elder, disabled or in some medical/physical distress and cannot prepare what they need. We currently offer over 30 medical diets.
Founded in 1971 as a Fort Wayne area only charity we do not receive any government funds. We have this one and only program and thus 100% of every donation goes directly towards this end. All deliveries are made by 110+ volunteer drivers, at the noon hour – up to 40,000 per year. Drivers deliver not only a hot meal but contact with the outside world which is equally as important. Often our drivers are the only outside person a client will see that day. Further it offers the client’s family assurance that someone will have eyes on them at least once that day.
We operate with 5 part-time staff in the basement of a donated space. Our ability to deliver is restricted by the number of routes we have drivers for and if there is space on those routes. Currently we operate 16 routes and are always looking for more drivers to add more routes. We do not have age or financial restrictions. If clients cannot afford the minimal cost, we raise money to offset the difference.
Homebound Meals is always looking for more drivers. Generally, a volunteer drives one day per week and it takes about 90 minutes. We are always welcoming postage, copy paper, 50-quart Coleman Xtreme 5 coolers on wheels, silent auction donations for our fundraiser in May and financial consideration.
Homebound has completed the second year of our annual fundraiser with great success. In addition, we were awarded two special one-time grants that totaled just under $52,000.00. These both contributed to the stabilization of investment funds after earlier market down-turns and allowed Homebound Meals to invest in some much-needed computer equipment, software and supplies for our volunteer drivers.