Through our Local Harvest program, Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is purchasing locally farmed fruits and vegetables for use in our meals. The program allows us to support local farmers, our economy, and the environment while providing our clients with fresh and healthy produce that they would be unable to obtain on their own.
The goal of the local food movement is to create thriving community-based food systems that will make high quality, local food available to everyone—including our homebound clients. Local Harvest is about allowing our clients to enjoy real food, grown by people in the communities we live in. It’s about developing strong, local economies. It’s about eating seasonally and allowing our clients even more opportunities to enjoy the services we provide.
Our Local Harvest Program:
- Supports the local economy
- Allows clients to eat fresh, local produce
- Keeps your donations in the community
- Exposes clients to new and different foods
- Helps build sustainable food systems
- Provides the healthiest, freshest food possible to our clients
This program is donor supported. Your donations keep our clients healthy while supporting the local economy.
Long Leash on Life Pet Program
Our Long Leash on Life Pet Program provides healthy food and more to our clients’ pets. Having a pet is proven to ease depression and relieve feelings of isolation—something many of our clients struggle with daily. Help our L.I.F.E. program clients keep their furry friends by their side. Services include food, veterinary care, and mobile grooming.
Many of our clients are home-bound. Visits from our volunteers serve as a source of contact for clients. Beyond this friendship, pets also provide companionship and joy. We often see clients sharing their meals with pets. This results in poor nutrition for our clients and their pets. Our pet program aims to eliminate this problem.
Some things we are able to provide our clients and pets are:
- Pet food (generously donated by Long Leash on Life)
- Basic veterinary care
This program is donor supported. Donations are encouraged.
Weekend Pantry Box
Our Weekend Pantry Box program allows our Low Income clients to eat food on days we normally don’t deliver. This collaboration between Silver Horizons and Roadrunner Food Bank provides us small boxes of shelf stable, non-perishable items that are delivered to our clients once a month. These boxes include items like crackers, pudding cups, microwavable meals and more. We are grateful to Silver Horizons and Roadrunner Food Bank and thank them for their partnership.