Project Love brings holiday meals to homebound seniors

Norma Willoughby and Meals On Wheels Coordinator Arnold Powell

Special to Fayette Newspapers

Fayette Senior Services’ annual Meals On Wheels Project Love campaign is underway, and FSS is challenging the citizens and businesses of our community to make a difference this holiday season by donating to this great cause.

Each year, FSS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, takes initiative to raise awareness and funds to help combat hunger for seniors in need. This fundraiser is critical in providing holiday and weekend meals throughout the year to homebound seniors in our community that are not covered by the general funding FSS receives annually for the MOW program.

It’s hard to imagine that so many seniors in Fayette County are not only going hungry simply because they have difficulty preparing a meal, but also do not have any type of holiday meal that many of us take for granted. Not only does each visit assure the well-being of the Meals On Wheels recipient, it also provides social contact so they can continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home. Many clients often share the impact it has on their lives and their gratitude for the service.

“I look forward to receiving Meals On Wheels every day, not only for the meals, but also for the companionship it provides for me,” said Norma Willoughby, MOW recipient. “It is more than just a meal, it makes those getting them feel loved and like we mean something to the community. I was provided the opportunity to have a tasty and healthy meal, and the drivers who deliver the meals have become some of my closest friends. Without MOW, I would be eating frozen meals and have little contact with others. Meals On Wheels is my whole day!”

This year’s campaign has already been kick-started with a generous in-kind donation of nearly $600 from M&R Print Solutions, covering over 120 meals. With support from both residents and the business community, hundreds of seniors will experience the love our community offers as well as the comfort and joy of having a nutritious meal during the holidays.

For every five dollars short of the goal of $30,000, one less holiday meal will be delivered to a senior in need. For as little as $5, one meal can be provided to feed a senior. There is no limit to the number of meals that can be purchased and general donations are welcomed.

Donation forms and additional information can be found at www.fayss.org and at a Fayette Senior Services’ location at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville or 203 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City. All donations are tax deductible.

Help make a difference in the lives of seniors by providing the gift of meals this holiday season. It’s more than a holiday meal, together we can end senior hunger.

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