Changes coming to Cornelius, Hillsboro Meals on Wheels
People over the age of 60 who enjoy the dining services offered through the Meals on Wheels People at Centro Cultural in Cornelius on Fridays will soon be able to enjoy them four days per week.
Meals on Wheels in Cornelius will go from serving meals at Centro Cultural only on Fridays to serving Tuesday through Friday, starting in August, said Meals on Wheels People spokeswoman Julie Piper Finley said.
"We are very excited to provide this expanded service in partnership with Centro Cultural in Cornelius," Meals on Wheels People Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Washington said in a statement. "There is a clear need for additional nutritional services for Latino elders in this community."
Changes are also coming to Hillsboro's Meals on Wheels program. Operations at the Meals on Wheels People's Hillsboro facility will move to Sonrise Church at the end of June. When they make this move, the Hillsboro branch will stop delivering meals to people's homes in the Hillsboro area on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Meals on Wheels dining room at Sonrise Church will still be open Tuesday and Thursday.
However, Piper Finley explained, Hillsboro-area seniors who cannot leave their homes will still have five meals delivered to them each week. The meals will just come two at a time on Mondays and Wednesdays, plus one more that will come on Friday, as opposed to one meal each day. Delivering three days per week is the more efficient option now that Meals on Wheels serves refrigerated meals rather than hot ones, which had to be delivered the same day they were eaten.
"Lunch will be served two days a week at Sonrise in Hillsboro simply because lunch in Hillsboro hasn't been as popular," Piper Finley said. "Anyone who does want to come in for lunch more days a week can still come into Cornelius for lunch."
Meals on Wheels in Cornelius does not offer the same home delivery services as Hillsboro because, Piper Finley said, "Hillsboro and Cornelius are so close together. There is no need to have two pick-up points so close together."
Dining at the center means not only that patrons don't need to worry about paying for or preparing their own meal, but it also provides an opportunity to socialize for senior citizens, many of whom are retired and don't have that opportunity as often as when they were working.
"Our vision is that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation," Washington said.