Meals on Wheels celebrates 50 years, 12 million meals in Greenville 

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Executive director Catriona Carlisle spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration. Photo provided.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville has delivered more than 12 million meals to seniors and homebound individuals for 50 years.

To celebrate this milestone, the organization wants the community to get involved.

“As we look to the next 50 years, it’s going to take every single one of us to continue serving the homebound and seniors in Greenville County,” said Catriona Carlisle, Meals on Wheels of Greenville executive director. “Please consider how you can get involved — volunteer your time, make a gift, or refer someone who needs our services — and together we can continue to make an impact in our community for years to come.”

Delivering much more than hot, nutritious meal to its clients, Meals on Wheels brightens individuals’ days with human interaction.

“Fifty years is a tremendous milestone — one only made possible because of the Greenville community,” said Virginia Vanvick, communications coordinator. “It has taken the collective generosity of so many to get here.”

Beginning in 1968 with 20 meals prepared in the Westminister Presbyterian Church kitchen for local seniors, Meals on Wheels of Greenville has been 100 percent funded by the community.

Looking to the future, Vanvick said the organization will look at innovative ways to continue to serve clients, wisely use resources, and encourage community involvement. The organization also plans to continue emphasizing service to seniors, a population that is expected to grow in the next few years.

“Our mission is about so much more than just a daily meal,” Vanvick said. “We provide independence, friendship and hope to a population that’s often forgotten. And it’s only possible because of the generosity of our community.”

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