Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting their 31st annual A Meal to Remember event on Friday, November 2 at the St Regis Atlanta. The black-tie event will feature a five course dinner prepared by James Beard award-winning chefs Nina Compton of Compère Lapin and Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar & Grill. Inspired by the theme of Southern Decadence, the food and decor is sure to be one to remember. This event is Meals on Wheels’ largest annual fundraiser and proceeds from the gala will help serve over 120,000 meals to seniors in need.
As an organization, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to home-bound individuals in need who are otherwise unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. According to their website, 1 in 6 seniors needs help in order to eat on a regular basis. With 100 baby boomers turning 65 each day in Atlanta, there is a great and growing need for access to food. Meals on Wheels Atlanta hopes to deliver 500,000 meals per year by 2020, an ambitious goal that is bolstered by fundraising events such as the 3rd Annual Power Luncheon event in late September which brought crowds out to share food and listen to conversations with fashion icon and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley and Paula Wallace, President of SCAD.
Check out images from this year’s Power Luncheon, photographed by Kimberly Evans:
The efforts extended by Meals on Wheels go beyond simply providing food, though that is the bulk of their aid. They also provide Adult Day Health programs, serve senior centers, and aid in home repairs. Founded in 1965, Meals on Wheels Atlanta has grown from a small soup kitchen to a bustling organization whose assistance continues to extend its reach to many thousands of low-income and homebound seniors. Led by a 9 person staff, board of trustees, and a young professional board, they also rely heavily on volunteers who facilitate the making and transportation of food as well as providing much needed social interaction to an otherwise isolated demographic.
Interested in coming out to A Meal to Remember? Check out the website for sponsorship rates and to buy tickets. For more information about Meals on Wheels Atlanta and their continued efforts within the community, go to their site here.