Montgomery, Ala. (December 22, 2017) — The fate of federal funding for senior nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels may still reel in the political balance, community support to help our elder citizens continues to move forward. For example, Capitol Hill Healthcare in Montgomery has been donating weekly meals for seniors for more than 10 years and shows no sign of slowing down.
“One in six seniors struggle with food security and hunger. We must all do whatever we can to help,” said Sharon Baker, administrator. “No matter what happens, there will always be a need and we want to share our resources.”
In addition to feeding their nearly 300 residents, the Montgomery long-term health care facility provides more than 100 meals a week for Macedonia Baptist Church in Montgomery. Through the Central Alabama Consortium on Aging, the church’s Meals on Wheels program delivers hot, nutritious noon meals to about 22 homebound or disabled seniors in the city. Over the course of about a decade of working with MACOA, Capitol Hill has provided more than 57,000 meals to seniors in need.
“It would be disheartening to our people if they were to ever stop, this is such a blessing to them,” said Deacon Sidney Williams, one of the programs organizers. “For some, if it weren’t for the meals being delivered, they would not eat.”
The recipients range from ages 55 to 98. In addition to providing a meal that they cannot prepare themselves, the program is a point of much needed daily contact with seniors and adds a sense of security.
“Most of our participants have had a lot of issues like strokes and they don’t drive. Delivering the meals gives us an opportunity to check on them,” Williams said. “We’re blessed and very thankful to have Capitol Hill’s support.”