Meals on Wheels of Greenville increased its service by 30% in 2020, according to the organization’s annual report released Friday, May 7. The report examines how Meals on Wheels met the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Walking into 2020, we could not have imagined the challenges that would come our way,” said Catriona Carlisle, executive director, in a release. “Due to overwhelming support from our partners, donors and volunteers, we quickly developed new processes and initiatives that effectively responded to the changing needs of our community while keeping health and safety our top priority.”
In all, the organization delivered 433,361 meals to community members in Greenville County in 2020. This includes 75,000 meals delivered to 1,300 new clients with the help of an additional 500 volunteers, according to the report.
Meals on Wheels also created solutions for those unexpectedly impacted by the pandemic. That included making almost 6,000 emergency meal kits, 860 weekend food boxes and 178 veteran weekend food boxes. An additional 579 seniors were served through an emergency nutrition program, according to Meals on Wheels.