Once a month we are spotlighting a local, non-profit organization that is making a difference in our community. Our hope in spotlighting these local organizations is to not only bring them more support but to focus on the good going on around us. As we all know there are many negative things we could focus on and while it is good to stay informed, we want to dwell on the positive and help our community do the same.
One Good Meal is a not-for-profit, dedicated to providing hot meals to seniors and home-bound regardless of income. They started serving the elderly and handicapped in Lee’s Summit because the need exceeded the capacity of Meals on Wheels. They have been serving mid-day meals Monday through Friday to seniors and handicapped individuals since the beginning of 1995. One Good Meal is currently serving 108 hot, nutritious meals daily to those in need.
One Good Meal has passed on most of the government funding available for organizations like it because the necessary controls restricted menus and clients. They raise funds through a number of activities over the years, from selling cookbooks, penny drives, annual fall nut sales and spring garage sales.
Their top three needs include, funding, drivers for delivery and bakers. With the increase in need of hot meals, there has been an equal increase in need for funding to provide these meals. Everyday, there are 10 drivers needed to deliver the meals to One Good Meal’s clients. Lastly, they provide desserts to their clients from volunteers.
If this organization is a place that you would like to support, you have the option to support financially, volunteer as a driver/delivery person, or if you would like to volunteer to bake desserts, they need desserts for 140 people that have zero sugar. In addition, they are currently having a fundraiser through a raffle for 350lbs of beef, donated by Bud & Betty Hertzog.