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Meals on Wheels Shaker Heights, Beachwood and University Heights

Newsletter: Volume 10 – October 2019


Dear Friends,

As Meals on Wheels continues its service to our neighbors in Shaker Heights, Beachwood, and University Heights, we want to thank you for your commitment to helping our community. Our generous donors hold the key to helping our organization grow through monetary contributions, and our devoted volunteers provide the power to pack and deliver nutritious, affordable meals to our subscribers.

Our volunteers serve 7,500 meals annually. Your monetary contributions directly impact the number of people we are able to serve. It requires up to $100/day to subsidize the low cost paid by all of our subscribers because the amount paid does not cover the full cost of our meals and supplies. In addition, just recently, we had to purchase a new refrigerator because the old one failed to keep our food at the proper temperature.

Frequently, we are asked to provide free meals. We are not able do that, but your contributions make a real difference in the subsidies we are able to provide to our neighbors in need. Giving up just one cup of specialty coffee a week can provide $100 or more each year to help our Meals on Wheels subscribers.

A recent Time Magazine article (Why America is Failing to Feed Its Aging, August 28, 2019) indicated there are millions of seniors in America who are unable to obtain enough food each day and that many Meals on Wheels groups have waiting lists of more than one year. Because of the generosity of donors like you, we are able to add new subscribers to our list within a couple of weeks after they contact us.

We hope that you will support our mission. Visit our donations page to donate online or to find the information needed to mail a check. With your assistance, we will be able to continue to serve our neighbors in need.

Thank you for your consideration and support.


Your Friends at Meals on Wheels
Shaker Heights, Beachwood, and University Heights


Shop at Whole Foods – Give to Meals on Wheels!
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Whole Foods Market has selected Meals on Wheels America as the beneficiary of its upcoming Community Giving Day in our region. On October 17th, Whole Foods Markets (Cedar Center and Pinecrest locations) will donate 5% of net sales to Meals on Wheels America. In turn, MOW America will share 50% of that revenue with its Member programs, including us! Learn more »

View our Facebook event page and RSVP/share to help spread the word!


Dine at Burntwood Tavern to Help Support Our Cause
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On October 30th, Burntwood Tavern (Lyndhurst location) will donate 15% of its daily proceeds to our organization. Offer applies to both dine-in and takeout. Hours of operation: 11am-11pm. Excludes alcoholic beverages. Reservations available at 440-459-1155. Learn more »

View our Facebook event page and RSVP/share to help spread the word!


Chrissy Pearl
We are pleased to welcome Chrissy Pearl to the Board of Meals on Wheels. Chrissy has worked in marketing and advertising for about 15 years, first as a copywriter at an ad agency, then later on website content, search engine optimization (SEO), and digital advertising campaigns. In 2013, she became the Marketing Director at Chicago Music Exchange, an iconic vintage guitar shop in Chicago. In just two years, she grew online sales from $30k per month to $400k per month and made the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. She was then promoted to Marketing Director for Reverb.com (same owner as Chicago Music Exchange). During her time at both of these organizations, she managed teams that handled editorial content, social media, video production, paid search, SEO, email marketing, print advertising, design, and overall marketing strategy.

In March 2018, Chrissy and her husband moved from Chicago to Cleveland Heights (he’s from here originally). Why? It’s more affordable, there’s no traffic, and the Metroparks are amazing! Plus, Cleveland has all the fun “city perks” — good restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, festivals, museums, etc.

Chrissy started volunteering with Meals on Wheels in March of this year. She wanted to do something nice for someone other than herself. Every Monday, she works in kitchen assembly and then drives route 2. She also has been managing our social media since May 1. So far, Chrissy says it’s been eye-opening (and also fun), and she is happy to continue serving our clients. Welcome, Chrissy!


In advance of harsh winter conditions, we are preparing emergency pantry packages for our subscribers. (We like to plan ahead!) This will provide food for them in case harsh weather conditions interrupt our meal delivery. We need your assistance so that we may restock these bags as necessary. You can deliver donated food to the Universal Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH — where we pack our meals on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings before 11:00, or call us with further instructions at 216-991-6376. Please leave in the kitchen with a note for Meals on Wheels.

PLEASE NOTE: All donated pantry foods MUST be prepackaged as individual servings and MUST NOT require refrigeration. THANK YOU!

• Soups
• Stews
• Ramen Noodles
• Tuna Pouches
• Canned Chicken
• Fruit Cups (sweetened with fruit juice)
• Applesauce
• Raisins
• Dried Fruit
• Juice Boxes (no added sugar)
• Hot Chocolate Packets (sugar free)
• Herbal Tea Bags
• Cookies
• Granola Bars
• Peanut Butter Crackers
• Snack Crackers
• Pudding Cups
• Jello Cups


There are many ways for individuals, companies, and foundations to achieve their philanthropic goals by giving to Meals on Wheels. One way individuals can give is through an estate plan or will. Your thoughtful foresight, generosity, and commitment can help ensure support for our subscribers while providing you with additional financial benefits that may include current or future tax benefits.

Another giving option for those of you who are age 701⁄2 and over is a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. If you are the owner of a traditional IRA, you must generally start receiving at least a minimum distribution from your IRA by April 1 of the year following the year in which you reach age 701⁄2. While distributions from your IRA are usually considered to be taxable income, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) made directly by the trustee of your IRA (other than an SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as Meals on Wheels, is generally not taxable. A QCD will count towards your required minimum distribution for the year in which it is given.

These gifts are best planned with the counsel of a financial or legal adviser. We are grateful for all of your gifts and will put them to good use to fulfill our mission.


We honored our wonderful volunteers at our annual picnic on a beautiful August evening at Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights. Board member Claudia Woods and her husband David Osage provided the food. Dawn Marie Lecklikner and her team from E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. grilled delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. Salads, baked beans and desserts rounded out the meal. Many thanks to Dawn Marie & crew, Claudia & David, and especially to our volunteers!


Amazon.com has a charitable arm – smile.Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase of eligible items is contributed to a charity of your choice. To sign up for this program, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Shaker Heights-Beachwood Meals on Wheels for your charitable donation. Then when you’re ready to shop, sign in on smile.Amazon.com and the contribution will be made automatically. What an easy way to contribute to Meals on Wheels!

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