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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals, social contact and other services for the homebound elderly, ill and disabled in eastern Washtenaw County, to enable them to enjoy healthier, safer, and more independent lives.

Extra batteries are one way this volunteer serves more than a meal
Ashleigh and Hazel

She’s been called Ash, Ashercat and Ashleigh O. But it wasn’t until she became a YMOW volunteer that Ashleigh Oliveira started answering to the nickname “My Little Chocolate Chip.”

“I have no idea where that came from,” Ashleigh said, but each Wednesday and Thursday when she approaches Paul’s home with his meals for the day, she can look forward to his affectionate greeting.

Ashleigh began volunteering with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in early summer 2018. In the year since delivering that first meal, she’s developed relationships and a deep understanding of those she serves.

New program supplies clients with farmers market produce

Thanks to the Washtenaw County Health Department’s Senior Project, clients of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels can now receive fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers market. YMOW is serving as a proxy for seven clients. Put simply, we shop using the client’s market vouchers and they enjoy the purchases.

Michael is one of the clients enjoying this new service from Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.


Meals Delivered in 2019
Clients Served in 2019
Volunteer Delivery Hours Logged in 2019
Percentage of Clients Who Feel Safer

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