Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa will continue operating in Tulsa under the Safer-At-Home order, as an essential service, to will deliver meals and wellness checks to homebound seniors.
“In the past week, we’ve changed the way we deliver our mission so that we can safely serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Calvin Moore, president and chief executive officer at Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa. “Our team is ready and able to increase our capacity to serve additional meals and essential services. I’m grateful for the continued support from our partners and volunteers that are making it possible for us to quickly meet the increased demand we have in our community.”
To ensure operations run smoothly during this time, the organization shifted its delivery model on March 23. This includes utilizing a smaller number of paid drivers, in place of volunteer drivers, to make weekly meal deliveries to homebound seniors. Each delivery includes one week worth of meals that can be stored in the freezer. Volunteers are then able to stay at home and conduct wellness checks by phone.
To further expand its services to those in the community, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa is offering any institution serving seniors or individuals with physical challenges meal service at a production cost of $3.00 per meal, including delivery. For those who don’t participate or qualify for the organization’s charitable mission but want to purchase and pick up meal packs for seniors, can do so at a cost of $3.00 per meal. If meal delivery is required, there is an option to purchase a delivered meal at $6.00 per meal. Each meal delivery that is purchased at $6.00 will buy another meal for a homebound senior in need. To sign up, please visit www.mealsonwheelstulsa.org.