Form a Volunteer Office Delivery Team Today

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Want to volunteer, but feel that you can’t because you work during the day? Then you should form an Office Delivery Team! If your organization (large or small) is looking for ways to volunteer, Metro Meals on Wheels is a great place to start.

Office Delivery Teams may consist of two or more individuals who agree to take turns delivering meals to homebound citizens in Ada County. Deliveries take place anywhere between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are designed to take no longer than an hour. Meals are provided for the volunteers so they don’t have to take any more time away from work than is necessary.

By scheduling deliveries out over the course of a year, your Office Delivery Team can block out time far in advance. Once a month is a good frequency for most volunteers; it’s not an overwhelming time commitment, but yet frequent enough for volunteers to develop familiarity with the route and get to know the seniors.  

Companies that currently have Office Delivery Teams include Boise Parks & Recreation, Micron, Power Engineers, and Group One. If your workplace is interested in forming an Office Delivery Team, or you would like more information, contact Cheryl Johnson, Metro Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator, at 208-321-0031, or cjohnson@metromealsonwheels.net. We look forward to your workplace joining this much-rewarding volunteer opportunity!
 

Holiday Dessert Recipe Winner Announced

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Patty Hamm is our 2017 Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest winner! She served her Decadent Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake to the Kuna Congregate folks on December 20th and received rave reviews. Patty says this cake is really wonderful served slightly warm with a dollop of whipped cream on top. You can check out the full recipe below.

Thank you Patty for making the holidays a little brighter (and sweeter) for the seniors served by Metro Meals on Wheels!

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Decadent Cinnamon Roll Swirl Cake Recipe

BATTER:

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the butter. Once mixed, slowly pour in the butter. Pour in a greased 9x13 pan.

TOPPING:

  • 1 cup butter, soft to the point of almost melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix all the topping ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

GLAZE:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and drizzle over the cake while it is still warm. Enjoy!

Happy 100th Birthday, Freida!

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Metro Meals on Wheels volunteer Freida Taggart just turned 100 years old, and we were fortunate to be able to celebrate her incredible milestone at our Volunteer Christmas Party this year! Her daughters Lorrie and Cathy were also in attendance to honor their mother. The three of them are pictured above along with Metro Director Grant Jones and Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Johnson. Happy Birthday Freida, and thank you for all you do for Metro Meals on Wheels!

If you would like to join Freida and volunteer at Metro Meals on Wheels, visit the Volunteer page to learn more and sign up!

#MoreThanAMeal

Metro Meals on Wheels Recipient of 2018 Subaru Outback

As part of its 50th anniversary events, Subaru of America, Inc. donated 50 vehicles to Meals on Wheels America to be used in the delivery of 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 seniors across 39 states. Metro Meals on Wheels was one of these lucky recipients!  

Subaru has supported Meals on Wheels for the last nine years through Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to seniors in communities nationwide. The company’s "50 Cars for 50 Years" vehicle donation will enable Meals on Wheels programs to deliver more nutritious meals and moments of companionship, expanding its reach to seniors in need.

The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, part of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and ‘Subaru Loves to Help’ co-branding.

Thanks Subaru!

Customer Spotlight: Thomas Johnston

"My son is the one who introduced me to Meals on Wheels. I had nothing when I came here, no car, and I’ve had two cataract surgeries, so I really needed the assistance. It sure does eliminate a lot of individual cooking and preparation and it sort of fills a gap in my food process. Probably the variety too is quite important, and yesterday there was some pumpkin pie which I enjoyed. If I can’t eat all of one meal then there’s the next one I can look forward to. I was kidding to my son and daughter-in-law that I’ve gone back in time because now I’m on junior food!

This isn’t really a living room or dining room, it’s also a workshop, all kinds of those things. This is kind of a mess because I just moved here and I’m still unloading. I’ve got forty xerox type boxes in the basement I have to go through this weekend. I’ve lived in places like Michigan and the east coast and so each time I moved and sold my house some of the stuff came to my son here in Idaho. And so when I got here I had all that brought in.

I gave my deliverer an assignment: I need a literary agent or editor for a publisher. I’ve got two books that I’ve been writing. The first one I hope to find someone that could help me get them printed, a group of stories that reflect my adventures growing up in Idaho along the Black River and the canyons, power plants, dams, and mountains. Ranging from that to being an electrician on a snorkel submarine."

“How would you feel if someone put snow inside your underwear? Especially if you happened to be eleven year old boy and it was put there by, of all people, a girl. While you were wearing it! I learned the answer to that question on a snowy afternoon in December of 1939.”

-Thomas Johnston, Metro Meals on Wheels customer

Special thanks to the students at Boise State University for interviewing Thomas.