Originally Published: November 26, 2015 6 a.m.
Prescott Meals on Wheels has been serving the Prescott community since 1973 and served 64,000 meals last year, making it the largest Meals on Wheels program in northern Arizona. The independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit Prescott Meals on Wheels is located in the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center, 1280 E. Rosser St. in Prescott.
On a daily basis, Prescott Meals on Wheels prepares and serves approximately 165 to 180 meals to homebound seniors and the disabled, and anywhere from 70 to 100 meals in its dining room.
Along with delivering meals daily to many of the community's most vulnerable citizens, the organization provides a wellness check.
A large portion of the clients who depend on Meals and Wheels are referred to them for nutritional support by the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) Area Agency on Aging. Prescott Meals on Wheels currently provides 200 percent more meals than NACOG is able to reimburse them for. It is the practice of Meals on Wheels not to turn away anyone who is referred to it by NACOG. The difference between the meals NACOG is able to reimburse it for and those it cannot pay for must be raised through private donations, grants and fundraising events.
Every year, Arts Prescott Cooperative Art Gallery targets a fundraising opportunity to coincide with its annual Holiday Party with focus on a selected organization within the community to benefit from the fundraising event in the Gallery. Centrally located at 134 S. Montezuma St. on Whiskey Row, Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery provides space this year for Prescott Meals on Wheels to reach out to members of the community with information about its program while soliciting volunteers and support and donations from concerned community members for this valuable cause.
Along with Arts Prescott Gallery members, artists and members of the community at large are donating works of art to benefit this worthy endeavor. Well-known local artist Bill Nebeker has donated a bronze sculpture to Prescott Meals on Wheels. The work of art will be displayed in Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery for the duration of the event, and raffle tickets will be sold in the gallery during the event. Arts Prescott invites artists of all levels to participate. All donations are welcome. Items ranging in price from small inexpensive donations to larger more expensive works of art will be available for purchase.
By purchasing donated works of art at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery's fundraising event, 100 percent of your purchase price will benefit the Prescott Meals on Wheels program. Your contribution does make a difference. "Home for the Holidays," Arts Prescott's 2015 annual fundraising event and holiday party benefiting Prescott Meals on Wheels opens on the Fourth Friday Art Walk, Nov. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by Noel Brill with jazz piano and acoustic guitar. The event runs through Dec. 23.
For additional information, call 928-776-7717; email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.artsprescott.com or www.facebook.com/artsprescott.