MCKINNEY — Meals on Wheels Collin County has received a grant from the MacFarlane Foundation. The MacFarlane Foundation granted Meals On Wheels Collin County $135,000. Dallas, Texas Trustee Nicole MacFarlane visited Meals On Wheels Collin County to deliver the grant and receive a tour of the facilities. MacFarlane expressed her interest for the mission Meals On Wheels aims to meet each day.
“There are always going to be people in need and the numbers will only grow,” MacFarlane said. “We will not forget about these individuals in their moment of need. I will always be a champion for this organization as long as I have a voice and hands to write.”
Meals on Wheels’ mission for the past 40 years has been to combat hunger and isolation for seniors and disabled adults. The non-profit organization has helped at risk seniors remain independent in their homes, families and communities with daily meals, well checks and emergency support services. Meals on Wheels receives 47 percent of it’s annual funding from reimbursement grants.
The MacFarlane Foundation was founded in 2009; this foundation has effected change by working with a diverse range of charitable organizations. The foundation supports organizations that strive to increase the opportunities and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. They act as a catalyst for organizations and their programs to enhance their impact and expand their reach.
Zella Tyson, CEO of Meals On Wheels Collin County, introduced MacFarlane to the administration by expressing her gratitude.
“Nicole represents us in a huge way,” she said. “Her passion and her love for this organization is the best I’ve seen after many years in Human Services. She kept us encouraged throughout the process and never gave up. She truly has her heart in serving others and we are so thankful.”
Meals on Wheels Collin County’s plans for this grant include upgrades to meal delivery thermal bags, additional meal delivery vehicles, plus updates to energy equipment.
“We will be enhancing our operations by purchasing new fleet to accommodate more seniors, we are also exploring facility generators that offer an alternate energy supply that’s environmentally friendly,” Will Rhodes, director of facilities and transportation said.
Meals on Wheels Collin County continues to grow as the senior population of Collin County expands. With support from grants and private donations this non-profit company reaches 1,200 clients daily with aspiration to reach 33 percent more individuals in the near future.