Our MOW program has expanded radically over the past six months. Many Meals on Wheels programs in Minnesota are struggling with long term sustainably. They simply lack the economy of scale to keep costs low, the ability to recruit volunteers, or the expertise needed to sustain a non-profit organization. What most of them do have is a wonderful abundance of motivated and passionate people who care about the quality of life for aging Americans.
Over the past two years, Mike Krachmer, our Director of Operations, has been approached by a number of MOW programs about the feasibility of consolidating. Beginning in January 2015, the Loring Nicolet Meals on Wheels program consolidated with CES providing meals to an additional 50 clients per day in the Loring Nicolet areas of Minneapolis.
Beginning August 1, we have also consolidated the North Minneapolis Meals on Wheels service area into CES.
This will be an additional 150 clients per day, bringing our total clients served each day to nearly 350 clients or a growth of more than 200% in our program since January 1st. This has been a huge undertaking and has tasked our staff and stretched our resources mightily. However, this is a very important step in assuring continued service to existing clients in these areas and to reach the many that are still in need of a hot, nutritious meal and a caring and compassionate daily visit, allowing for continued independent living in our neighbors advancing years.