A very special partnership is bringing two local organizations together for the good of children.
Meals on Wheels of Greenville is collaborating with the Meyer Center for Special Children to provide students with freshly prepared meals and snacks that meet their nutritional needs. The partnership benefits both organizations.
Julie Accetta, director of community relations for the Meyer Center for Special Children, was formerly with Meals on Wheels. She learned that students’ meals were being prepared in Laurens County and driven to Greenville each day, where staff would portion out the food for each child and, in some cases, chop or puree food to meet the needs of each student.
The opportunity was ripe for an ideal pairing of two local programs.
“A lot of people don’t think about a senior nutrition program helping children,” Accetta said.
Meals on Wheels delivers 1,500 hot, nutritious meals each weekday to senior citizens and homebound individuals in Greenville County. And now it provides meals and snacks for most of the students at the Meyer Center. The meals come individually portioned and already chopped or pureed as needed.
“They are healthy and prepared right down the street,” Accetta said.
The process is far less time consuming for the Meyer Center’s staff, it saves some money for the school and it provides revenue to support Meals on Wheels.
“It’s the perfect example of organizations collaborating for a win-win,” Accetta said.