Meals on Wheels participates in Lennie’s Dine & Donate program

Bloomington Meals on Wheels was the chosen Dine & Donate charity for the month of August at Lennie’s Brew Pub.  Each Tuesday in August, Lennie’s donated 20% of each participant diner’s tab to Meals on Wheels.  Lennie’s general Manager Mike Fox, along with One World Co-founders Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch, presented MOW Director Kathy Romy a check for $560.  Thank you, Lennie’s!!

Home Instead Senior Care Foundation awards grant to Bloomington Meals on Wheels

Bloomington Meals on Wheels is happy to announce a grant awarded to us by Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.  This grant of $7800 will be used to expand the capacity to serve those low-income clients who do not have the ability to pay for their meals.

The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation Endowment Fund was established in 2013 with the following impact areas:

Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias

Support specialized dementia education and training for families and medical professionals. Launch innovative programs that lead to better diagnosis and treatment. Create support services for the betterment of the Alzheimer’s or other dementia caregiver.

Health & Wellness

Implement programs that bring meaningful change to the healthcare system, making it more accessible for seniors. Provide charitable care for seniors in genuine need. Invest in wellness and prevention initiatives, nutrition and exercise programs.

Education & Research

Make lifelong learning a possibility for today’s medical professionals while investing in the future through scholarships for those studying geriatrics. Begin promising research initiatives that result in meaningful change for seniors’ health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Community Service

Encourage successful aging in cities and rural communities by strengthening local public services and systems that support the elderly. Ensure the most basic needs of seniors are met through outreach initiatives and collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.

As the efforts of the Foundation continue to emerge, we will look forward to sharing our outcomes and success stories.

General Endowment

General endowment funds support critical areas of need based on the discretion of the Board of Directors.

For more information on The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, visit



IU Students Make Valentines Day Sweeter for MOW clients

Students from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs created Valentines for distribution to Bloomington Meals on Wheels clients on Friday, February 13. MOW volunteers delivered the home-made Valentines along with the two nutritious daily meals.  A Big THANK YOU to the students of SPEA from everyone at Bloomington Meals on Wheels!

MOW January Fundraiser A Success!

Bloomington Meals on Wheels sponsored a fundraiser at Players Pub in Bloomington on January 24.  Local ukulele quartet The Uketones performed and members of the Bloomington community came to support Meals on Wheels.  $2700 was raised that evening in support of Meals on Wheels and their mission.  This money will go directly to feed those clients who qualify for financial assistance.

Since 1973, Bloomington Meals on Wheels has delivered nutritious meals to homebound people who are unable to cook for themselves.  Clients receive two nutritious meals a day delivered by a friendly volunteer.  Meals on Wheels reduces helathcare costs by allowing clients to remain in their homes.

News from Meals on Wheels – December 2014 Newsletter

MOW Newsletter – December 2014

Read all about Bloomington Meals on Wheels and their successful year.

Dancing with the Celebrities participation raises $14K for Meals on Wheels

On August 9, Meals on Wheels Board president Kathy Pratt represented MOW in the annual charity event Dancing with the Celebrities held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre.

Six local Bloomington “celebrities” compete in a dance competition to raise money for a charity of their choice. This was the first time Meals on Wheels had participated in the event.  The charity raising the most money wins the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Pratt and dance partner Matt Brand fox-trotted their way to the finale to raise $14,000 for Meals on Wheels.  These funds will go directly to support Meals on Wheels and further our mission of serving those in need in our community.

“I had a lot of fun participating and am pleased that the fundraising we were able to do appears to have been significant,” says Pratt.  “I appreciate the vote of confidence that you all placed in me to represent MOW in this effort and feel that it was a “bucket list” opportunity.”

Volunteers saluted during Be More event

By Lindsey Erdody 812-331-4368 |

It wasn’t the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes, but for Bloomington, it was a significant awards ceremony, filled with acceptance speeches from winners, jokes by presenters, tears shed and standing ovations.

It was the 2014 Bloomington Be More Awards at Buskirk-Chumley Theater Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes dedicated volunteers in the community for their service. 

Meals on Wheels volunteer Helen Freeman wasn’t expecting to go home a winner, but her lengthy volunteer resume helped her snag the final category of the night — Be More Dedicated. The award is given to an individual for a lifelong contribution to volunteering. She’s delivered more than 48,000 meals to more than 2,000 clients in more than 25 years of service. At 93 years old, she’s older than most of the elderly she’s visiting.

“She’s active, engaged and clearly younger than her years,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said before presenting the award.

Kathy Romy, director of Meals on Wheels, said Freeman is the most dedicated volunteer she has, covering four different routes, five times per month and offering to pick up extra shifts.

“She’s an exceptional person,” Romy said, mentioning she also sends birthday cards to clients and bakes peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip cookies. “She is the epitome of a loyal volunteer.”

After accepting her shiny glass trophy, Freeman said she was on cloud nine. 

“Everybody’s been so good to me. I just love everybody,” Freeman said. 

And she’s not stopping now. Romy said she’s scheduled to deliver meals two more days this week. 

“I’ve got seven more years to go,” Freeman said. “My grandmother lived to 100.”

Before the final trophy was handed out, presenters took turns cracking jokes and congratulating other Be More recipients. 

Executive Director of the Shalom Community Center Forrest Gilmore told the first parking meter joke of the night, saying he was glad his role was early in the event because he was worried time would expire on his parking meter.

WTIU Station Manager Phil Meyer kept the laughs going before presenting the Be More Creative Award to Janice Clevenger for her dedication to the Monroe County Civic Theater.

“Forrest took all my material,” Meyer said. “I do have a quarter, though, Forrest, if your meter is running low.”

Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County Barry Lessow chose a different comedic route with his opening remarks for the Be More Bloomington Award, which was given to Stone Belt meal delivery volunteers.

“I don’t want to steal the mayor’s thunder, but tonight he’ll be announcing Kruzancare,” Lessow said, which made the crowd chuckle. He said it’s only 25 cents for coverage, and the first three hours are free.

When retired Judge Viola Taliaferro took the stage to present the Be More Engaged Award to Erikka Vaughn and Carl Darnell, she decided to avoid taking a swing at Kruzan, which he appreciated.

“First off, I am not going to say anything that is going to make the mayor angry,” Taliaferro said, as Kruzan stood up and hugged her. “I don’t say that about many people.”

By the time Kruzan was behind the podium for the Be More Dedicated Award, he was feeling the heat from the jokes.

“Welcome to the first annual roast of Mayor Mark Kruzan,” Kruzan said, mentioning it was appropriate the “roastee” went last.

People weren’t the only ones honored at the ceremony. Cody, a therapeutic riding horse for People and Animal Learning Services with more than 10 years of experience, was nominated for the Be More Healthy Award.

“Each year we have some twists and turns, but this is the first year we’ve had a horse nominated,” said Bet Savich, director of the city Volunteer Network.

Cody didn’t win the award, which was disappointing to some audience members.

“This is for humans only,” said Bryan Price, president and CEO of the IU Credit Union, when presenting the award. “Let’s hear it for the horse!”

Bloomington Meals on Wheels receives donation from 100+ Women Who Care

Bloomington Meals on Wheels is delighted to announce a $19,800 donation from 100+ Women Who Care.  At their February meeting, the 100+ Women Who Care selected Bloomington Meals on Wheels as the recipient for their quarterly award.  To date, 100+ Women Who Care has contributed $219,200 to different not-for-profits in Monroe County since the group’s founding in November 2011.  On Friday March 7, members of this group presented Kathy Romy, Meals on Wheels Executive Director, with 198 checks of $100 apiece. 

Bloomington Meals on Wheels Bloomington Meals on Wheels has been serving the Bloomington area for 40 years. Founded in 1973, our program provides nutritious meals to homebound people who are unable to cook for themselves. We ensure that our clients receive two good meals a day delivered by a friendly visitor. Any person who lives in our Bloomington service area is eligible for Meals on Wheels. There is no age or economic restriction. 

100+ Women Who Care is open to all women who want to make a difference in Monroe County and agree to contribute $100 at each quarterly meeting.  Each member also pays an annual commitment fee of $100 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.  For more information about 100+ Women Who Care, visit the website: http:/, or the Facebook page, 100WomenBloomington, or contact Carol Maloney at


News from Meals on Wheels – December 2013

MOW Newsletter December 2013

Read all about MOW’s exciting 40th year of service in 2013.


Kathy Romy speaks to Rotary, Prep School Academy

Meals on Wheels Executive Director Kathy Romy spoke to the Bloomington Rotary Club #3430 on Tuesday September 26 during their luncheon meeting.  Kathy shared the activities and events of Meals on Wheels during this 40th anniversary year for MOW.  Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

The Prep School Academy invited Kathy to speak to the first through fifth-graders on Friday, November 22.  The children learned about the mission of Meals on Wheels and how nutritious food is an important aid in good health.  The Prep School Academy students made placemats for the MOW clients.

Kathy Romy speaks to the Bloomington Rotary Club