Rotary donation to OCWCOG
From left, Ryan Vogt, OCWCOG; Lee Strandberg, Rotary Club of Corvallis; Robert Thurston, Rotary Club of Corvallis; Terri Homer, Rotary Club of Corvallis; and Alicia Lucke, OCWCOG. (Photo provided by OCWCOG)

The Meals on Wheels program of the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments announced recently that it had been awarded a $13,000 district grant from the Rotary Club of Corvallis.

A multi-club grant, the Rotary Club of Corvallis partnered with the Philomath, Greater Corvallis, Albany and Newport clubs to obtain matching grant funding from Rotary District 5110.

The grant helps support Meals on Wheels in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties. According to OCWCOG, the funding will allow for the procurement, packaging and delivering of 1,106 nutritionally appropriate meals to meet the increased demand for meals from older adults, spouses and adults with disabilities directly affected by COVID-19.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Rotary Club of Corvallis and partners whose ongoing contributions to Meals on Wheels changes lives in our community,” Ryan Vogt, OCWCOG executive director, said in a news release.

The organization said research indicates that high nutrition risk, a social determinant of health, often results in increased medical expenses due to frequent hospitalizations and nursing home stays.

OCWCOG’s Meals on Wheels helps mitigate that risk by supporting residents flagged as food insecure, with low incomes, or with limited or no support structure.

Home-delivered meals, brought to recipients by a volunteer program driver, also provide a routine check-in on the health and social-emotional wellbeing of the client.

OCWCOG reported that the program has seen a 20% uptick in meal requests throughout the pandemic, further isolating a fragile population in need.

The recent grant was the second of two, totaling over $31,000, provided to the tri-county Meals on Wheels Program by the Rotary Club of Corvallis and partnering clubs since the onset of the pandemic.