COVID-19 UPDATE (5/9/20)
We are reopening Meals on Wheels on Monday, May 11. We have made some changes to keep everyone involved safe. We will not have volunteers helping at the site to start out to avoid close contact while preparing the meals. We have a small staff that will be preparing the meals. Each client receives a hot meal along with bread, dessert, and milk. We typically offer a sandwich meal also, but working short handed to begin we are not offering this. We are hoping to reinstate this meal in the near future. As for the delivery, we have twelve routes that cover the city of Butler and surrounding areas, about an eight mile radius. We typically pair people together for teams of two, one as the driver and the other as the delivery person. At this time we will only have people from the same household or individuals making the deliveries, Monday- Friday. We will be placing the coolers of food into the vehicles for the volunteers so they don’t have to get out of their vehicles. We are providing cooler bags for our clients to place the meals in at this time to avoid personal contact from volunteer to client. The volunteer will knock to alert the client the meal has arrived and then back away to keep the six feet social distance.
Our Daily Story
Meals are prepared in the kitchen of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in downtown Butler. For a small charge each client receives two meals (one hot & one cold) which are delivered Monday thru Friday, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Each day, at about 11am, 24 volunteers go out in pairs (a driver and a deliverer) on 12 routes and deliver a hot, fresh meal and a bag lunch for supper for over 100 clients. The delivery provides a personal outreach to our neighbors on a daily basis. This keeps us alerted to any significant changes in their situation which may need to be attended to by family or medical personnel.
We are able to do this for three reasons:
(1)The generosity of the Butler community who support us financially
(2) The many volunteers who come together every day to help prepare, package and deliver the meals (using their own cars)
(3) The dedication of our small paid staff
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of Butler Meals on Wheels Inc. is to provide excellent, nutritious, home-delivered meals to individuals in need within the service area comprising Butler city and its surrounding area. The meals are provided to maintain adequate nutrition for those recuperating from illness and suffering from impaired functional ability. Butler Meals on Wheels strives to maintain clients in their homes for as long as possible to prevent them from being institutionalized.