Other Ways to Help
Host a Food and Supply Drive
While Meals on Wheels does receive donations of food, the bulk of food and kitchen supplies must be purchased. Receiving donations of needed items 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 the mission of Meals on Wheels! The following items are always needed:
- Large (#10) Cans of Fruit
- Vegetables or Applesauce
- Bags of Rice or Spaghetti Noodles
- Individually Wrapped Dessert Items (Little Debbie’s or Rice Krispie Treats)
- Bleach and Laundry Detergent
- Dish Cloths and Dish Towels
Items may be delivered to Meals on Wheels – Anderson at 105 S. Fant Street Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm or Friday from 8 am – 2 pm.
Donate In-Kind and/or Auction Items
Meals on Wheels – Anderson accepts donations of new, one-of-a-kind items or experiences that can be included in an auction or raffle at one of the signature fundraising events held each year.
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 event marketing including social media posts. To donate, please call 864-225-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pack and Donate Birthday Bags and Cards
Each recipient birthday is acknowledged with a birthday bag and a card to show how much we care. Recipients 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.
Assemble and Donate NICE (Nutrition In Case of Emergency) Meals
NICE Meals are provided to recipients for use at times when volunteers are unable to deliver hot meals due to inclement weather or power outages. NICE Meals are shelf stable, ready-to-eat solutions for emergency situations.
Assembling NICE Meals is a great activity for your family, church group or civic club and an easy way to get involved at Meals on Wheels.
Each no-cook meal should be placed in a one gallon plastic zippered storage bag and should include: 1 – Single serving, ready-to-eat canned pop top soup (no condensed soup) 2 – Individually wrapped Nutri-grain or granola bar 3 – Single serving canned or boxed juice (no grapefruit or energy drinks) 4 -Single serving, box of raisins 5 – Single serving, cup of applesauce or fruit
Items may be delivered to Meals on Wheels – Anderson at 105 S. Fant Street, Mon – Thurs 8 am – 4 pm or Fri 8 am – 2 pm.
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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.