An agreement with the Reid Foundation will keep a Richmond Meals on Wheels program going after the disbanding of a not-for-profit group that had operated the service since 1972.
Meals on Wheels of Richmond, which serves approximately 50 clients who live within the city limits, will transfer its assets to Reid Foundation so that the program can continue. Reid has always through contract provided the meals for the program, and since August of 2012 has administered the program.
John Kutter, past president and treasurer of the Meals on Wheels board and long-time program volunteer, said the group has worked closely with Reid’s Food & Nutrition Services department and the transition is a good step. “We felt very confident they would be able to take it over,” Kutter said. “With the Foundation and the FNS department both having the connections with the potential for people who need meals, this service could grow, and they can handle it well.”
Jason Troutwine, Reid Foundation director, said helping keep the program going fits into Reid’s mission to serve the community. “This is an important program to the people who depend upon it,” Troutwine said. “The decision made by the Meals on Wheels board will provide a seamless transition and allow this service to continue to meet community needs.”
Meals on Wheels has depended on volunteers since its inception, and volunteer drivers are continuing to deliver food under the umbrella of Reid’s Volunteer Services department.
For more information about the program or for information about how to volunteer, please contact Food & Nutrition Services at Reid, (765) 983-3022.