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TLC Meals on Wheels 2019 Relocation Fund

As one of the larger Meals on Wheels programs in metro Denver, TLC Meals on Wheels continues our 50-year tradition of building community by delivering over 10,000 nutritious meals monthly to hundreds of seniors and home-bound adults. Unlike other programs that provide frozen meals once a week, we deliver hot meals each weekday and extra meals for the weekend.

THE CHALLENGE

TLC Meals on Wheels must move. Our home for the past decade in the Ames facility owned by Littleton Public Schools, is being razed and a new elementary school will be built on the land.

There is no luxury of time.

We have to vacate no later than December 20, 2019 while continuing to provide the vital services our community relies on.

THE SOLUTION

In our new facility - a repurposed restaurant at South Broadway and Arapahoe Road - we will relocate our existing commercial kitchen equipment, have ample room for meal prep and packaging, as well as office and meeting space. The 6,800 square foot location also offers room for future growth and new programs as the community ages and need for our services increases. We will be more central to our delivery area, with easier access for staff, volunteers and the community. The anticipated cost to purchase the building along with renovations, moving expenses and updating our kitchen equipment is $2 million.

THE FUTURE

With 10,000 baby boomers in America turning 65 each day, demand for our services continues to accelerate. In fact, over the past five years we have seen a 37% increase in clients receiving our services and a 75% increase in the number of meals delivered. According to the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Colorado has the third fastest growth in population over age 65 and is the fifteenth fastest growing state in the 85+ population nationally. By 2030, Colorado’s population age 65+ will be 77% larger than it was in 2015, growing from 719,000 to 1,270,000. In Colorado, Arapahoe County has the fastest growing population of people over 65 years of age, followed by Jefferson County. Owning our own facility for the first time in our 50-year history offers us the ability to expand our services as the population continues to age. Additional possibilities include offering informative programs, balance classes and the ability to provide seniors who are able to come together a weekly sit-down meal.

Your investment in TLC Meals on Wheels is an investment in our community. It ensures continued availability of hot meals and a friendly face at the door for the hundreds of seniors who rely on us now and into the future.

For more information, please contact:

Diane McClymonds, Executive Director (303) 798-7642 DMCClymonds@TLCMealsOnWheels.org

www.TLCMealsOnWheels.org

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