Courtesy Meals on Wheels
Courtesy Meals on Wheels

Meals On Wheels Atlanta has received a $1 million gift, given anonymously from a local couple who has been involved with the organization for many years. The announcement comes as Meals On Wheels Atlanta marks its 50th anniversary and the culmination of a two-year capital campaign to renovate its Atlanta headquarters.

“This single donation is the largest in the organization’s 50 year history,” said Jeffrey Smythe, executive director of Meals On Wheels Atlanta. “We will dedicate these funds to increasing meal production and alleviating the waiting list of more than 300 seniors to receive meals.”

The capital campaign, which raised more than $2 million, enabled Meals On Wheels Atlanta to renovate its facilities and transform its capacity to serve the expanding needs of Atlanta’s senior population. The commercial kitchen was the largest facility improvement, and included extensive new equipment, a new freezer and additional storage spaces to increase meal production and serve more local area seniors in need. Other critical improvements included a new roof, new HVAC, a new delivery vehicle, and updated facilities for the seniors who are served at the onsite Adult Day Health Center and the Northside Activity Center.

The organization will close out its anniversary year with the 28th annual A Meal To Remember on Nov. 6 at The St. Regis. For more information, visit mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.