Over the past 46 years Edmond Mobile Meals has fed thousands of homebound elderly and disabled residents in Edmond who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and provide social contact with caring volunteers to combat the social isolation experienced by many seniors. On November 18, Edmond Mobile Meals will proudly deliver their one millionth meal in Edmond.
Founded in 1974 by a caring group of Edmond citizens, the mission of Edmond Mobile Meals has remained the same: to provide nourishing meals and wellness checks to the homebound in Edmond allowing them to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Cristi Twenter, Edmond Mobile Meals’ Executive Director, states “It is astonishing to think that a small-scale community service that began with a few volunteers who were worried about their elderly neighbors has flourished into the program we have today. It is because of the dedication and diligent work of hundreds of volunteers over the past 4 decades that we remain a crucial lifeline for the homebound elderly and disabled residents of Edmond. We are proud that we have been able to continue our service throughout the COVID-19 outbreak allowing the most vulnerable people in our community to remain safely at home.”
The one millionth meal will be delivered by volunteers including several long-time volunteers, former directors, and the family of Edmond Mobile Meals Co-Founder, Carolyn Vance. John and Brian Vance, sons of co-founder Carolyn Vance, noted the significance of the event to their family. “Our mother would be so thrilled to know that Mobile Meals has hit the millionth-meal mark,” said John.
“We hope the entire community will help us celebrate this important milestone”, Twenter said. “We are already preparing for the next million meals and beyond. The senior population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States, and currently 10 million seniors are threatened by hunger. With the support of our generous community, we can continue the legacy of making sure Edmond’s seniors remain living independently without worrying about where their next meal will come from.”
To join Edmond Mobile Meals in making sure no senior in Edmond ever goes hungry, you can donate to the Edmond Mobile Meals Endowment Fund. A gift to the Endowment Fund, held with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, helps sustain the mission of Edmond Mobile Meals and continue the legacy that will feed vulnerable seniors in Edmond for decades to come. For more information on how to make a donation to the Edmond Mobile Meals Endowment Fund, visit www.continuethelegacy.me, or www.edmondmobilemeals.org.