KTTU "In Focus," 11/21/10, 10:30 AM & KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 1/2/11, 7:30 AMPosted: Updated:
Host Bob Lee interviews Priscilla Altuna, executive director, Linda Rumsey, Past President and Kate Hiller, Development Director, Mobile Meals of Tucson, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Last year, the agency’s volunteers delivered over 81-thousand special diet meals to the elderly, disabled and homebound in Tucson and Green Valley.
Altuna says Mobile Meals clients are referred to the program. She says clients are eligible if they are homebound, have special dietary needs, and are unable to cook or shop for themselves. She says clients are provided with two meals a day, Monday through Friday, usually a hot and cold meal. She says the meals are prepared by eight different local healthcare facilities.
Rumsey says the success of the Mobile Meals program is a result of the generous donation of time and effort of some 300 volunteers. She says each delivers about 8 meals a day, from 31 different geographically-situated pick-up points. She says each donates about an hour and a half two days a week. She says the volunteers not only deliver meals, they also provide social contact and a connection to other community organizations.
Hiller says Mobile Meals of Tucson qualifies for Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credit. She says you can help to ensure that homebound Tucsonans receive the meals they need to stay healthy and independent AND earn Arizona tax credit at the same time. Mobile Meals, she says, is a qualifying 501 (c) 3 charity. She says the agency is always in need of drivers to deliver meals, and has an urgent need for more client interviewers.