On Saturday, October 19th, RINA Tax Manager Kelly Creed participated in the 5th annual Wheels for Meals bike ride benefiting the Alameda County Meals on Wheels program. Kelly worked as a safety-assurance assistant in the event, helping to direct the bike riders along the 75-mile event route. When asked about the reason for her involvement with and now regular support of the Meals on Wheels organization, Kelly shared that, “I think that helping seniors is a really great cause- especially considering that some of the seniors of the program have such limited contact with the outside world that their Meals on Wheels delivery person may be the only actual person with whom they speak all day. I feel like it helps them and is critical that they not feel forgotten about.”
The Alameda County branch of the Meals on Wheels program was founded in 1987. The purpose of the program is to provide frail, homebound seniors with nutritious meals and wellness checks free of charge. Through Alameda County Meals on Wheels , over 2,200 meals are delivered every weekday (weekend meals are generally provided on Fridays, though one of the programs does deliver seven days a week). Meals on Wheels’ largest focus is on fundraising so that the program can expand and reach an even greater number of seniors in need. Besides the Wheels for Meals bike ride, other fundraising activities for the Meals on Wheels program include direct mailers, grant writing, the Five Star Night Dinner & Auction, bequests, United Way and local independent charities, and semi-annual newsletter.