Uber is proud to partner with Meals on Wheels to help drive out hunger for seniors in communities across the country by organizing volunteers and donating rides, meals, and care packages. We’re thrilled to announce a two-year commitment to Meals on Wheels America and their 5,000 US programs.
Together—we’re fighting back against hunger and loneliness for seniors nationwide
What is Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels is a nationwide network of community-based organizations dedicated to providing seniors with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be. This support typically consists of a nutritious meal, a friendly visit, and a quick safety check.
Where does Uber come in?
At Uber, we have the meals, the wheels, and the next generation of Meals on Wheels volunteers ready to join us. Starting this November, Uber employees across the country have been spending time together volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Moving forward, we’ll be organizing volunteers, preparing meals and packing care packages, plus riding along to visit some of our senior neighbors. We’ll also be decorating Thanksgiving placemats. We hope these activities and packages will show our communities’ seniors that we’re thinking of them and excited to spend more time together over lunch. This is our first big employee volunteer drive for Meals on Wheels, one of many to come in the years ahead.
Meet your neighbors
Today nearly 10 million US seniors struggle with hunger. More than 15 million live in isolation, and over 18 million struggle with poverty. And federal funds aren’t enough to help. In fact, the Older Americans Act pays for just ⅓ of Meals on Wheels funding. The rest? It all comes from local communities and private resources. That means nearly 2/3 of funding comes from people like you. With the current wait list stacking up and the senior population projected to double by 2050, it has never been a more important time to step up to the plate and help nourish seniors in our communities.
How can you get involved?
There are multiple ways you can help. First you can sign up to “do lunch” by volunteering during your lunch break to deliver meals and friendly visits to homebound seniors. In many areas, you can also volunteer to fill a variety of roles outside of lunch visits, such as food or meal preparation. Want to volunteer with friends or family? It’s easy to sign up in a group or as a part of your company.
So what do you say? Can we do lunch together? We’d love to have you along for the ride. Sign up to volunteer.
If you don’t have time to volunteer but still want to help, you can also always donate directly.