Other Ways to Help
Host a Food and Supply Drive
Although we receive food donations, Meals on Wheels must purchase the bulk of food and kitchen supplies. Receiving donations of the items we need helps ease the burden greatly. Hosting a food and supply drive is a fun and easy way to get your friends, family or business involved in our mission! Here are the items we are always in need of –
Food Items: Large (#10) Cans of Fruits, Vegetables or Applesauce // Bags of Rice // Spaghetti Noodles // Individually Wrapped Dessert Items (Little Debbie’s or Rice Krispie Treats) Kitchen Items: Bleach // Laundry Detergent // Dish Cloths // Dish Towels
Items may be delivered to the Meals on Wheels Anderson location at 105 S. Fant Street. Deliveries may be made Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm or Friday from 8 am – 2 pm. Click here to download a flyer featuring the items we need.
Donate In-Kind and/or Auction Items
Meals on Wheels – Anderson graciously accepts donated items that can be auctioned or raffled off at one of our fundraising events. We are currently collecting items for our silent auction that will take place at our Hartwell Lake Poker Run on June 22-24, 2017.
Popular Past Items Include: Gift Certificates (Dining, Retail) // Sports Themed Items // Experiences (Ski Passes, Vacation Packages, Park Passes) // Outdoor Recreational Items (Boards, Floats, Boating Accessories, Camping Equipment)
Individuals, businesses or groups who donate in-kind and/or auctions items will be recognized in our event program as well as on our Meals on Wheels – Anderson social media accounts. We’re so grateful to the businesses and individuals who faithfully donate auction items and help make our fundraisers successful! If you feel led to donate a new, one-of-a-kind item or experience, please call our Special Event Coordinator at 864-225-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pack and Donate Birthday Bags and Cards
For every birthday, Meals on Wheels and our generous volunteers provide meal recipients with a birthday bag and card to show how much we care. The disabled and elderly homebound we deliver to may not have family in the area or friends who visit often, so this gesture can be very meaningful to them. It’s a great project for children or a wonderful group or organization activity.
Suggested Items for Birthday Bags: Crossword Puzzles // Suduko Books // Ink Pens // Notecards // Chapstick // Hand Lotion // Socks // Combs or Brushes // Small Toiletries (Please DO NOT include candy, razors, food, or anything else with an expiration date)
Birthday bags may be delivered to the Meals on Wheels Anderson location at 105 S. Fant Street. Deliveries may be made Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm or Friday from 8 am – 2 pm. Click here to download a birthday bag flyer.
Pack and Donate Shelf Stable Meals
Each winter, we face the possibility of days where we are unable to send out hot meals due to inclement weather or icy roadways. As winter approaches, we like to send each of our clients a couple of shelf stable, ready-to-eat meals to have on hand when we are unable to get a hot meal delivered to them. Help us prepare by collecting the following items and sealing them together in a gallon-sized, zipper sealed bag: 1) ready-to-eat canned soup (not the kind that requires water), 2) nutri-grain or granola bar, 3) individual box of raisins, 4) individual canned or boxed juice (no grapefruit or energy drinks, and 5) individual container of fruit.
Meal packages may be delivered to the Meals on Wheels Anderson location at 105 S. Fant Street. Deliveries may be made Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm or Friday from 8 am – 2 pm. Click here to download a shelf stable meals flyer to share with your colleagues and friends.
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Simply go to smile.amazon.com and designate Meals on Wheels – Anderson as your charity beneficiary. It’s a great idea to bookmark the AmazonSmile website. Each time you shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your qualifying purchase will come directly back to Meals on Wheels – Anderson and help support our mission of delivering hot, nutritious meals to the disabled and elderly homebound residents of Anderson County.