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.

Employee Spotlight: Becky Davis

"I got started when I was like, oh gosh, I think I was eighteen when I started, right out of high school when the job opportunity came up. I started out as a driver and drove for a little while and then moved into the kitchen and just stayed. I’ve been here for twenty-two years now.

I love the program, I love what it does, and I love how it helps the senior citizens stay in their homes longer. The program is very beneficial for the seniors to stay in their homes, I think. In their own homes seniors are more comfortable, because they are not put out of place, and out of their comfort zone. So if they are at home, and I can help them stay at home, then I’d do this job all day long.

We start at 5:30 in the morning, we get all the things going, all the food prep, slicing or opening boxes, we cut up fruits and vegetables. We are non-stop until about 10 am, and then we get our second batch of meals going for the Senior Center for the seniors that eat here. We serve one meal a day, but prep the first batch which is the mobile meals, the drivers pick up at 9 am – so we have to make sure the meals are hot and ready to go at 9 am. The second round is for the seniors that are still mobile. Those seniors can come and socialize and eat here at the senior center. We do this Monday through Friday with an option of the weekend, because for some seniors this is the only food option they have.

My favorite aspect of the whole job is helping the seniors stay in their homes and making sure that they get a nutritional meal – and the fact that they love seeing it come in every day. It is really hard work but it is really rewarding, because it is more than just a meal. It’s about a person and their story and we get to be a part of that." -Becky Davis, Metro Meals on Wheels employee of over 25 years

Thank you to the students at Boise State University for volunteering their time to interview and shadow our staff.