Homebound Meals, Inc received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to support meal delivery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This donation will support on the ongoing efforts to provide hot, medically tailored meals via the volunteer network of Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne.
“This is such an amazing gift and opportunity,” said Barb Umber, Homebound Meals Executive Director. “This will allow us to expand in areas where the need is not being met.”
The grant was presented to Peg Maginn, Board President, during a check presentation ceremony, September 29, 2017 at The Summit. During the ceremony, Walmart store manager Brock Heyneman spoke about the importance of the Homebound Meals organization and the impact on the local community.
“At Walmart, we understand that organizations such as Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping Hoosiers in need live better,” said Heyneman. “Through this donation, we are hopeful that Homebound Meals will be able to extend their reach in the Fort Wayne community.”
The mission of Homebound Meals, Inc.of Fort Wayne is to enhance the quality of life and health of the homebound community by the delivery of hot, nutritional meals and visits by the HBM volunteer drivers.
Last fiscal year alone, more than 34,700 meals were distributed to the clients of Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne, by the volunteer drivers who logged nearly 49,000 miles, donating almost 11,000 service hours. The efforts of the volunteers were also recognized during the luncheon at The Summit on September 29th.
All of this is accomplished without the support of government dollars. Rather it was funded in part by generous community donations like this wonderful grant from Walmart. The need for this service continues to grow and is only limited by the number of volunteers and financial gifts. If you can help, contact our office at 260-422-3296, or click on the links at the top of this page.
46 years and counting.
From the origins of the Fort Wayne based Homebound Meals, Inc program in 1971 to today, it has been the people volunteering to serve people that have made the difference.
What kind of difference?
Homebound Meals, Inc has made it possible for thousands of men and women to have a hot nutritious meal at lunchtime in the comfort of their own home. Without these daily visits and deliveries, many of these Fort Wayne neighbors would not have been able to stay in their own home for as long as they have.
Every year we thank and honor the men and women who make it possible by volunteering their time and making those deliveries. We will be having our volunteer luncheon later this month, but first a few pictures from the past couple of years.
Homebound Meals of Fort Wayne relies on the generosity of both financial donations and donations of time.
Sometimes that donation of time can be used to benefit others beyond those receiving the meals as we experienced this summer.
Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana has a 50+ year history as a social service organization that works with both children and adults who have developmental disabilities. Recently they began volunteering as route drivers to deliver meals to the clients of Homebound Meals.
What a wonderful experience this has been to provide Easter Seals Arc clients, under the supervision of an Easter Seals Arc Direct Support Professional with the opportunity to serve and give back!