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17th Annual Bountiful Bowl Raises $42,000

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Jamie Koch and Family- 3rd Annual Bob Wood Legacy Award Winners

Thanks to our sponsors, guests, and supporters for making the 17th Annual Bountiful Bowl successful. This year the event raised $38,730 to subsidize at least 117,772 of the 169,400 meals that we will deliver to our homebound clients this year.

215 guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of camaraderie, great food prepared by Sodexo Dining Services, an open bar and musical entertainment by Roger Latzgo in a beautiful setting at DeSales University. The evening included a silent auction of handcrafted bowls and other treasures as well as gift baskets and gift certificates; libation raffle, and live auction with chef events, sporting events, condo vacation, and flowers for every season.

This year Jamie Koch and her family were honored as the recipients of the Third Annual Bob Wood Legacy Award. This award was created by Bob’s family and Meals on Wheels to be given to someone who exemplifies Bob’s generosity of spirit and care for his community, especially in the area of ensuring that members of our community do not suffer from hunger.

Bob was instrumental in the creation of the Meals on Wheels program and remembered the beginning of the program as an example of how Lehigh County leaders and citizens put into place a program that would ensure that the people who needed home-delivered meals could have full lives. “The program wasn’t just for convenience, but instead helped people to stay in their own homes and be independent.” The Meals on Wheels program, Bob said, “is an example of institutional commitment leveraged by people who want to make a difference.”
Jamie Koch and her family have been integral members of our Meals on Wheels family for 19 years and have all the qualities that make them deserving of this award.

Jamie’s first role with the Agency was as a Board Member because of her expertise as a professional dietician. Her first stint on our Board was extended a year and she became Board president. She is currently serving a second Board term and is on a special Board Committee dedicated to planning the future of Meals on Wheels. She has also served on a number of other committees, including the Bountiful Bowl and Golf Tournament fundraising committees, and spearheaded highly successful anniversary and retirement events. Jamie also worked as a case manager and trained other case managers.

By including her young children in her volunteer work Jamie instilled the values of kindness and sensitivity toward others. The entire Koch family volunteered to work multiple holidays so the staff could have the day off. The family served, cleared and washed dishes at many volunteer recognition dinners. In addition, the Koch children did their own volunteer projects which included delivering meals and recruiting volunteers.

Jamie delivers meals and is one of our superstar volunteer recruiters. She has been delivering meals for most of her 19 years—giving 1,098 hours and driving 14,945 miles. Jamie has recruited many of her friends and neighbors to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. She asks them to get together for lunch, but coyly asks if they would mind delivering meals first. Her standard retirement gift to friends is a volunteer application and a Meals on Wheels name tag!

Thank you to all the members of our community who donated money or items for this event as well as the following:

The Bountiful Bowl Committee: Brooke Griffiths, Co-Chair; Cindy Merritt, Co-Chair; Pat Beldon; Pat Blahnik; Audrey Fronheiser; Pamela Koons-Hartnett; Mary Anne Johnson; Pam Lackman; Rosemarie Lamaestra; Sue McCann; and Mary Pat Stark

Event volunteers: Karen Haberern; Deb Kocher; Hugh & Teri Kelley; Chaudene Michalek; Joy Buckley Reed; Lisa Russo; and Audrey Wallace

Photographer: Marco Calderon

Volunteer auctioneer: Ray Starner

MAJOR SPONSORS

Bountiful Harvest: Dunne Manning, Inc.; The Hartford; The Koch Family; Lehigh Valley Health Network; Olympus; Specialty Physician Associates; and St. Luke’s Physician Group

Media: Network Magazine and The Morning Call

Basket of Plenty: Aesculap, Inc.; BB&T; Pat & Sandy Beldon; Buckno Lisicky & Co.; HCSC Enterprises, Inc.; Doug & Mary Anne Johnson; Liberty Property Trust; The Pidcock Company and PPL Corporation

Cornucopia: Bradley Pulverizer Co; Burkholder’s HVAC; Dun & Bradstreet; Fellowship Community; Health Network Laboratories; Law Office of Mike Santanasto; and Tighe Orthodontics

Meals On Wheels Of Lehigh, Northampton Counties Urge Legislators To #SaveLunch By Delivering Personal Messages From Homebound Clients

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Today Meals on Wheels of Lehigh and Northampton Counties joined local Meals on Wheels programs from across the country in a coordinated paper plate delivery designed to send a powerful message to Congress about the impact of Meals on Wheels. Throughout the week of August 14, home-delivered and congregate meal programs have been delivering stacks of paper plates bearing handwritten notes directly to their Members of Congress, calling for the protection and increase of critical federal funding sources for Meals on Wheels.

The agencies delivered almost 400 paper plates conveying personal messages from the seniors and adults with disabilities the Agency serves to Representative Charlie Dent and Senator Pat Toomey’s staff.

“We know that our clients rely on us and are appreciative of the meals they receive as well as the volunteers who deliver them,” said JoAnn Bergeron Nenow, Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Northampton County. “But when you read all the heartfelt messages that our clients shared on these plates about how much our program has helped them avoid hunger and stay in their own homes, it’s overwhelming and humbling all at once. We need our legislators to understand the depth of food insecurity that our clients face every day. These plates will help them understand.”

“The paper plates returned to us were filled with poignant messages from our clients,” said Pam Bechtel, Executive Director at Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County. Handwritten on paper plates, the notes collectively tell a story about the Meals on Wheels service and its value — not only providing home-delivered meals but human contact, too. “When our legislators read comments like, ‘Thanks to Meals on Wheels, I won’t starve; I am 92, Meals on Wheels allows me to stay in my home and maintain my independence; It’s especially helpful to me, a single old man without family; I know that the friendly volunteers are checking on me to make sure I am ok’ they can’t help but be reminded that this is a critical service for homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in our community.”

When Congress returns to Washington in September, they will have less than a month to determine federal funding levels for the next Fiscal Year, which begins on October 1. Nenow and Bechtel stated that “at this critical time, when both the need and demand for nutritious meals are substantial and growing, Congress must make the needs of our most vulnerable and isolated seniors a higher priority. Now is the time to tell our Representatives and Senators to save lunch for our clients by protecting and increasing federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs and putting a balanced budget in place.”

The paper plate campaign supports the national #SaveLunch advocacy effort – led by Meals on Wheels America – to urge Congress to #SaveLunch for our nation’s seniors during the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process and make sure that no senior is left hungry and isolated.

Highmark Walkers, Donors and Sponsors Raise $18,825

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On June 3, 58 hardy walkers braved the rain to participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and raised $18,825 to subsidize 5088 meals for low-income clients.

We appreciate the support of the following major sponsors:

Platinum: TDS Technologies, The Pidcock Company, & The Hartford

Gold: American Bank, Olympus Corporation Of The Americas, Dun & Bradstreet, Country Meadows, Fellowship Community, & Jamie & Tom Koch & family

Silver: Campbell Rappold & Yurasits, LLS Graphics, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Lehigh County Medical Society & Servpro of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

Top 5 individual fundraisers: Joy Reed, Lisa Oldt, Dawn Davis, Michele Grasso and Tracey Huffman

Top 5 teams: Meals on Wheels office, The Pidcock Company, Fellowship Community, The Hartford and Servpro of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall.

Volunteer Matt McTish won the Kindle Paperwhite Reader donated as an incentive prize by Joy Reed. Matt graciously donated this prize back to Meals on Wheels to be used as a raffle prize for our Bountiful Bowl fundraising event set for November 10.

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