We had a nice group of Kiwanians at today’s meeting; 16 plus our speaker. Pres. Bill passed around thank you letters from the IU20 for the Christmas party we provide annually for the children, Third St Alliance for some of the extra bags from the Kids Party and one from Dean Young and the Boys and Girls Club for sponsoring their bowling days. He reported that the Board of Directors approved $145 to cover the cost of freight to deliver the literacy books and 2-$1000 scholarships for students at the CIT and, pending approval from our District Kiwanis, an additional $500 each thanks to our rose sale totals. Tuesday, Jan. 16 4PM will be another planning meeting for the Opioid Awareness campaign including students from Key Club. This will be at the Shiloh Baptist Church. Bill reported that he and Ken have letters ready to be printed inviting sponsors to our 100th Anniversary event. They hope to have them at next week’s meeting so that members can add personalization to those that they know. They are now awaiting engineering drawings so that more accurate estimates of the cost can be obtained. Things are moving along “swingingly”! Walt had a busy Kiwanis day with a morning Shawnee K-Kids meeting, and afternoon March K-Kids meeting, and then he’s headed to Stroudsburg as our area membership chair. Vic gave an up-date on Bill Fifield; he might make next week’s meeting! Then the meeting was turned over to Skip who introduced today’s speaker, Tom Harper, Director of Development for Meals on Wheels, and he even sang a short response to our welcome song!
He began by thanking Kiwanis for all we do for the community and to the K-Kids for all the one-sided paper they provide for the routings. The Mission of the MOW is to promote healthy living through the delivery of nutrition services. MOW of Northampton County provides meals for not only that county but also Phillipsburg, NJ and Lehigh County as well as other areas. One year of meals per person costs $4,745; that’s $6.50 per meal times 2 per day times 365 days. MOW began in 1971 with the first meal delivery on Feb. 14, 1972. They have 2 full time case managers. They strive to meet medically tailored meals to each individual, and deliver 2200 meals each day. Starting in 2014 they began to use locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables. The kitchen staff starts their day at 4AM. They have 32 full & part time staff. They even provide “Ani-meals”, a pet food program and they will even grocery shop for their clients. There are 1100 volunteers annually who drive 56 routes to get the meals to clients and they provide much more than food with their friendly visits and special touches such as special birthday deliveries.