The mission of South Park Meals on Wheels is to provide an alternative to institutionalization, through good nutrition, enabling the homebound elderly and/or disabled to remain in their homes with independence and dignity.
In addition, secondary objectives include providing economical, well balanced, attractive meals; addressing the problem of isolation through human contact by the daily physical presence of volunteers; and continuing efforts to deal with concerns and problems present in the lives of the elderly and shut-ins. We provide referral services through networking with the Department of Aging and local Social Service Agencies.
South Park Meals on Wheels served our first meal in March of 1990. We began with 24 clients in South Park and South Bladwin. We had 4 routes and about 30 volunteers. We were, and still are, housed within Grace Lutheran Church, 6810 Hilldale Drive, Pgh., PA 15236. After 28 years, we have evolved from an independent program, subsidized by Allegheny County, to part of the Lutheran Service Society, and back to an independent kitchen serving as an ourtreach program from Grace Lutheran Church. We are now serving about 65-70 clients in all of South Park and Pleasant Hills, and parts of south Baldwin, Whitehall and Bethel Park. We have 7 routes and about 140 volunteers. Our numbers change daily and we now serve 3 meals a day; a hot meal, bagged lunch and a breakfast item, if available. Our clients receive salads, fruits and desserts with their sandwiches, juice occasionally and a quart of milk once a week.
We are no longer subsidized by anyone. We have only one paid person on staff that is responsible for the day to day paperwork and phone calls along with preparing the meals. Everyone else, nearly 60 people who help prepare, deliver, and check on our clients, are volunteers. We are all working hard to assure that this greatly needed program continues and we need your help by either volunteering with us or supporting us financially to help with operational costs (utilites, insurance, snow/garbage).
Pam Mason - Chairman
Eric Luznar - Treasurer
Peggy Jarosh - Secretary
Members at Large
Missy Foltz Sean Hayes
Tracy Kaczmarek Jason McLean
Joe Pelan Linda Pelan
Rev. Bruce Nordeen