"Since 1968, Meals on Wheels has grown to a volunteer corps of more than 2,500 individual, group and corporate volunteers serving 1,500 meals daily throughout Greenville County including Fountain Inn, Fork Shoals, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Travelers Rest and Piedmont. Volunteers provide the human touch that means so much to the homebound person.
2009 Facts & Figures
Number of meals delivered 368,191
Cost per meal $3.90
Number of referrals received 984
Number of new clients served 749
Average number of clients served each month 1,302
Number of Client Care home visits made 840
Number of new volunteers 590
Number of corporate teams 90
All of our clients are referred by a physician and there never has been a waiting list. Meals are provided free of charge and there is no financial qualification.
Our clients are homebound and physically or mentally challenged to a point where meal preparation is nearly impossible. Most clients live alone or with another incapacitated person.
Volunteers monitor the welfare of the clients on their routes and serve as a link to other community-based services such as transportation, home health services, financial services and even home repair and handicap accessible modifications."--From Greenville County Meals on Wheels Website
Mauldin United Methodist has about 40 members involved in the Meals on Wheels program with regular routes and many more assisting at times. This program is a great way for small groups to work together, for parents to share something with their children or to practice the basic fundamental form of Christian missions-building relationships with those that take meals to. Some of our members have even gone above and beyond by providing holiday meals when Meals on Wheels does not operate like Christmas.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."--Matthew 25:35-36 NIV