Susan Dubb, Development Director, and Regina Dodds, Events Director, of Meals on Wheels Delaware discussed the agency and its upcoming Celebrity Chefs Brunch! Meals on Wheels Delaware raises funds to support the 5 agencies throughout the State of Delaware that prepare and deliver meals to homebound seniors. Last year 898,509 meals were served to 6,600 homebound seniors. Support includes soliciting volunteers and drivers, accepting meal requests and covering expenses such as vehicles, refrigerators, food and supplies.
Meals on Wheels recipients are women and men, aged 60 and over, who often live alone. The average age is in their late 70’s. Many are struggling to balance their needs on a fixed income, and are unable to shop or safely prepare a hot meal for themselves. Some require help when recovering from a hospital stay, but for most the meals are a long term lifeline. During COVID MOW DE agencies also provided meals to shelters and residential centers, increasing their costs.
Overwhelmingly, seniors who receive meals at home say a daily meal makes them eat healthier, feel more safe and secure, and remain comfortable to live at home. Their services allow seniors to stay at home and offer families vital wellness checks.
Their major fundraiser, the 25th Celebrity Chefs Brunch will happen Sunday, April 24 at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington. VIP enter at 11, General Admission tickets at 11:30.
As a guest you will indulge in exquisite tastings prepared by award winning chefs from around the country, as well as brunch cocktails, live entertainment provided by the Philip Berger Jazz Trio and The Stone Shakers and a silent auction.
Tickets are $125 General Admission; $75 Young Professional (35 & under) Group Rate (5 or more) is $115 each and VIP is $175.
Tickets on are on sale now at mealsonwheelsde.org
Chefs include Le Cavalier’s Tyler Akin, Patrick Bradley from Tonic Seafood & Steak, Dan Butler from Toscana, Christa Carlton from Taverna Rustic Italian, Antimo DiMeo of Bardea, Tom Hannum of Buckley’s Tavern, Robert Lhulier of Snuff Mill, Ken Hodanics of DuPont Country Club, Desserts by Dana’ Dana Herbert and Sweet Somethings’ Victoria Jeker. In addition chefs from cities including Cinncinati, Denver, Charlotte, Chicago and more will present tasting stations.
There is no waiting list or income requirement to receive meals, to apply go to their website. They are always looking for volunteers and drivers, too, the application is also at their site.
Learn more! Buy tickets to the Celebrity Chef Auction! It’s all at mealsonwheelsde.org