LONGMONT MEALS ON WHEELS INC

More than a meal.

aka LMOW   |   Longmont, CO   |  www.longmontmeals.org

Mission

The mission of Longmont Meals on Wheels (LMOW) is to serve our community by promoting client health and independence through good nutrition and social interaction. Longmont Meals on Wheels helps frail elderly and people with disabilities with proper, affordable nutrition so that they can stay self-sufficient in their own homes for as long as possible.

Ruling year info

1970

Executive Director

Mrs. Karla Hale

Main address

910 Longs Peak Ave

Longmont, CO 80501 USA

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EIN

84-0590979

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The issue identified 51 years ago is essentially the same problem today - isolated older people need human contact, help with food and to be checked on. It is even more critical now for two reasons: First, the senior population is growing. Not only is the county aging but also moving to the eastern parts of Boulder County, making Longmont home to the largest population of older adults in this county, a population that will increase 46% between 2020 and 2030. By contrast, the state will see a 37% increase for the same period. (Boulder County TRENDS; State Demography Office)Particularly, seniors in greater financial stress are moving from other parts of the county to Longmont. At LMOW the agency is serving 56% more people who fall under the national poverty line than five years ago. Second, most people did not anticipate the rising costs of medical care. Too many older people are faced with having to choose between medical care and basic needs. The aging population consumes a disproport

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Delivered Meals

LMOW's principle program, comprising 82% of its operations, is to provide home-delivered meals to older people who are at risk of malnutrition because they have difficulty getting food. In addition to food insecurity, LMOW's clients find themselves isolated, even before this current emergency, because they must rely on others to visit them or take them out of their homes. (In fact, 70% of homebound clients reported leaving the house once a week or less, and 14% leave monthly or less.) The program strives to address both issues. LMOW prepares healthy meals that meet or exceed all nutritional guidelines and fulfill many special-diet needs. They offer the meal on a sliding-fee scale. They recruit volunteers to deliver the food to clients' homes. Clients look forward to this daily visit because it offers them human contact and less isolation. Further, LMOW's volunteers are trained to observe our older neighbors for signs of changes that may indicate declining health.

In 2019 LMOW served 106,741 meals to 1,079 unduplicated homebound clients. Currently, LMOW is serving four seniors over the age of' 100, who are remaining self-sufficient and in their own homes with the help of LMOW!

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Five free meals can be delivered to anyone who had a recent stay in the hospital or care facility.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

LMOW also provides community lunches at the Longmont Senior Center and for A Day Place. The meal allows older individuals to receive the nutrition they need and gives them the opportunity for community and socialization, which in turn, helps them to stay physically and mentally active and self-sufficient. During the coronavirus emergency, community lunch clients may receive meals delivered to their homes. In 2019 LMOW served an additional 17,758 community meals to an additional 954 unduplicated clients and 6,077 meals to support senior-center programming, such as dementia-friendly programming.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Longmont Meals on Wheels clients and people over the age of 65 in Longmont can sign up to have a lockbox with a spare key in it put on their home to be used by emergency personnel in case of an emergency. The code to the lock box is only known by the fire department and 911 dispatch system. Longmont Emergency Services cannot enter a home without probable cause, and this program can give older folks and their families peace of mind that someone can help in an emergency.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Non Profit of the Year 2007

St Vrain Community Council

National Elder Abuse Award 2009

Boulder County Adult Protection

Non Profit Collaboration Award 2012

Longmont Community Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of meals served across all programming.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of Longmont Meals on Wheels are: to maintain or improve the physical health of at-risk elderly, disabled persons and people returning from the hospital by preparing and serving nutritious meals; and to enhance the emotional wellbeing of those persons by providing a daily visit in their homes or encouraging them to attend a congregate LMOW site where they can socialize and make friends.

LMOW works to provide the basic need of affordable, nutritious food for older people, people with disabilities and people returning from a hospital visit. Hot meals are offered Monday Friday; frozen meals, for the weekends and evenings, all on a sliding scale. At intake clients are assessed on their diet needs and their income level. LMOW plans and prepares well-balanced meals that meet all nutritional guidelines and fulfill many special diets. The agency designs delivery routes to maximize efficiency and recruits and trains sufficient volunteers to deliver meals, check on clients and know what signs to look for that indicate waning health. LMOW does not use waiting lists for services or turn anyone away who cannot afford a hot, nutritious meal. The agency also serves a community lunchtime meal at the Longmont Senior Center and offers meals to support many senior-center program.

Longmont Meals on Wheels is an expert in senior nutrition and daily wellness checks. The agency has existed since 1969 and continues to serve its community year after year.

There is no other organization serving ready-made, nutritious meals in the homes of seniors and people with disabilities in Longmont or serving lunch at the Longmont Senior Center. Two other organizations locally also work to provide food to homebound seniors: both only provide foodstuffs, both provide any type of food, not necessarily nutritious or accommodating of special diets; only one provides food at low or no cost.

On a daily basis Longmont Meals on Wheels serves 400-450 meals per day to 30 different routes and serves an additional 40-60 meals at the Longmont Senior Center.

Since 1969 Longmont Meals on Wheels has served more than 2.5 million meals in Longmont, Niwot, Hygiene and Lyons for older folks, people with disabilities and people returning from a hospital stay. Last year LMOW saw a 5% increase in home-delivered meals over 2018 and a 6% increase in total meals served. The agency also served 6% more clients.

Also when LMOW conducted its yearly survey, 87% of LMOW clients stated that their health improved or maintained using LMOW services, and 77% said that they were eating more fruits and vegetables. 91% felt that LMOW’s services contributed to their ability to remain independent, while 77% said that at least one factor of daily living, such as stress level, dressing for the day or their ability to keep appointments, had improved. 98% of LMOW clients enjoyed the visits from LMOW volunteers, feeling more connected to society. Longmont Meals on Wheels is more than a meal, and 84% of clients agreed, feeling that a wellness check was important to them. Overall, 99% of clients felt satisfied with LMOW's services!

Longmont Meals on Wheels will continue to focus on nutrition and wellness checks for seniors and people with disabilities in the Longmont area, particularly for this homebound, vulnerable population.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LONGMONT MEALS ON WHEELS INC

Board of directors
as of 11/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jay Fernandez


Board co-chair

Stephen Olander

Larry Bloom

Jeff Davis

Jay Fernandez

Mike Olson

Brenda Torrez

Meghan Altland

Mark Bostock

Stephen Olander

Brett Sloan

Brian Holtz

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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