U.S. Congressman Andre Carson, (D-IN), is considered a humble public servant.
So humble in fact, that he took time out to help a local non-profit kick off its anniversary celebration Monday.
Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana kicked off its “45 days of Celebration” with VIP delivery service for some of its clients. Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that provides medically tailored meals to homebound Hoosiers. The anniversary celebration strives to raise money and awareness about its programs and services.
In 2015 the local program delivered meals to 3,200 clients in central Indiana. For six dollars a day, recipients receive two meals that are tailored to their nutritional needs as determined by a physician. The service is targeted for seniors, physically and/mentally challenged citizens and those who are homebound.
Deliveries can be set up on a short-term or long-term basis. Financial assistance is also available for qualifying low-income residents. Currently, 48 percent of central Indiana clients qualify for assistance.
Carson picked up meals from Eskenazi Health and delivered them to John and Willa's home in Indianapolis Monday morning. They were delighted by the surprise visit from their congressman.
“Meals On Wheels does tremendous work. Thousands of Hoosiers depend on the critical services they provide,” said Carson. “Today I was honored to help them celebrate their 45th anniversary and hope they are around for another 45 years to help homebound and vulnerable seniors live independent and healthier lives.”
The concept of Meals on Wheels began in 1939 in Great Britain when the Women’s Volunteer Service for Civil Defense began serving food to the ill and elderly. The National Council of Jewish Women brought the idea to the U.S. and later to Indiana through a pilot study in Indianapolis.