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Since 1969, Meals and Wheels has provided more than 2 million ready-to-eat meals to the local area’s vulnerable populations. The mission of Meals on Wheels is to “provide meals to Boulder residents who need and want our services, regardless of age or income.” For many, this is a client’s single tasty, hot nutritious meal that they might have all day. For many of their customers however, it’s more than just the food. One could say that there’s ‘the human factor’ that one simply can’t replace. Meals and Wheels operates with a staff of 10 and upwards of 300-350 volunteers. Kitchen staff comes in as early as 6:00am to begin cooking and preparing for service, while volunteers begin to arrive at 7:30am to help pack the meals to be delivered that day; each meal consists of a hot entrée, fruit, salad, bread and dessert.
Since the inception of its award-winning program “Project Homecoming” in 2007, Meals on Wheels Boulder has provided more than 4,000 free meals to individuals returning home following a hospital stay. Available to those throughout Boulder County, Project Homecoming supports individuals transitioning from hospital to home with hot, nutritious (and delicious) meals. For more information about Project Homecoming and other Meals on Wheels services, or to donate or volunteer, please visit https://www.mowboulder.org/
Energetics is extremely proud to have been the energy consultant for the project, and documented energy code compliance for City of Boulder, home to the most stringent energy code in the country. The project achieved over 30% energy cost savings relative to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 while still being extremely cost effective.