Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Douglas Blvd. delivers meals to senior citizens


"Feed His People" is the mobile meal program at Douglas Boulevard UMC, Midwest City. Janet Fryar steers a cart of bread.

Generosity is feeding the success of a meal delivery program, for senior adults, offered by Douglas Boulevard UMC in Midwest City.

Last fall, the church applied for a grant, to address reports of state cutbacks in senior nutrition programs. The church already had in place a free meal program, in which about 150 people were served dinner once a week. The new idea was to deliver meals twice a week to senior citizens.

Food coordinator Donna Bassham was thrilled when the church was granted $33,900 from the Midwest City Hospital Authority in the spring.

"The first week we were in operation, a reporter from Eastword newspaper came out and did a front-page feature on the new program," said Pastor Jeannie Himes. Representatives from a local corporation, which chose to remain anonymous, read the article and donated new commercial appliances for the church kitchen: an oven, freezer, and double refrigerator, valued at almost $10,000.

Douglas Boulevard volunteers now deliver over 100 meals each Tuesday and Friday to seniors in the Midwest City area. All summer, members of the youth group worked side-by-side with adults in the church to cook, package, deliver, and clean up. Rev. Himes said the church receives calls of thanks every week from meal recipients.


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