Meals on Wheels During COVID-19
When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States and then Arkansas, CareLink went to work to find ways to adjust services in order to keep serving vital and nutritious meals and socialization to the aging community.
How to Receive Meals on Wheels in Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, & Prairie Counties
Nationally, Meals on Wheels serves 2.4 million seniors. According to a recent study from Meals on Wheels America:
- 92% of seniors say Meals on Wheels allows them to remain living at home
- 87% of seniors believe Meals on Wheels helps them feel safe and secure
- 83% of seniors think Meals on Wheels improves their overall health
CareLink Meals on Wheels
We prepare 900 meals per day in the 13,000 square foot CareLink Community Kitchen. Our meals are delivered by a team over 250 volunteers, along with staff drivers, to homes in Little Rock, Maumelle, and North Little Rock. We partner with senior centers within our six-county region to provide meals outside of the Metro.
Arkansas ranks in the top 5 states in the nation for food insecurity among seniors. Last year alone, 522,479 meals were delivered to seniors in need. This crisis spans all demographics, and is a real problem.
What impacts food insecurity?
Some of the factors that impact food insecurity are:
- financial resources
- access/proximity to grocery stores and healthy food
- mobility issues (sometimes a person may have the financial resources to purchase plenty of food, but they are unable to navigate in the kitchen or prepare the meal)
Why choose Carelink?
Daily meals and the socialization that comes with a friendly delivery often have a huge impact on an older person's ability to remain independent and in their own home. To them, it is more than just the food. It's also a support system and a friendly face they get to see on a regular basis.
CareLink is here to help. If you are interested in learning more about our services, we encourage you to submit a form at the link below stating that you are interested. You can also call 501-372-5300 for more information.
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How to Volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Little Rock, Maumelle, & North Little Rock
Through Meals on Wheels you can brighten someone’s day by knocking on their door and delivering more than a meal; often, our volunteers are the only person a recipient may see in a day.
Meals are delivered Monday – Friday. Volunteers take one hour a week around lunch time to pick up meals and deliver them to a route of 10 – 15 people. CareLink welcomes groups of volunteers such as churches and businesses. We will work with your team to find the best delivery route to help you make a difference in your community.
You can help Meals on Wheels fight hunger. Call 501-372-5300 for more information on becoming a volunteer or submit an application online.