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2019 – Meals on Wheels People

Meals on Wheels People is a nonprofit organization that provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors 60 years and older in the greater Portland area.

In 1970, three women (Jean Wade, Martha Shull and Cay Kreiger) got together in the basement of a church in Southeast Portland to prepare and serve a hot lunch to about a dozen seniors. From 14 newspaper-wrapped meals then to nearly 12,000 seniors served annually today, Meals on Wheels People of Portland is now among the top 10 largest senior nutrition programs in the country — and one of the very few that has never had a waiting list for meals.

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is honored to name Meals on Wheels People as its Official Charity for 2019.

As the 2019 Official Charity, the Rose Festival will honor the more than 5,000 volunteers who annually donate more than two million hours to help serve seniors through Meals on Wheels People. The Festival will help provide positive support through various platforms in events and programming, including appearances in the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade.

Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. They provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Their service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care.

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