Sip soup, help with meals

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels will have its eighth annual Sunday Soup Sampling on Nov. 13, and everyone's invited.

Since the event began, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels has added 13 routes and 200 clients to its meal service.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels was started in 1974 to relieve hunger and loneliness for homebound people. Daily contact with a Meals on Wheels volunteer provides not only a hot, nutritious meal, but also an opportunity for friendship and social interaction. It also serves as a daily check on their well-being, providing peace of mind for their families.

One of every four senior adults goes hungry every day, according to Cabarrus Meals on Wheels' website, mostly because of disabilities such as severe arthritis, blindness and heart disease that leave them frail and physically unable to prepare their own meals.

Each meal delivered by Meals on Wheels consists of one hot meat, vegetables, bread, salad, dessert and milk. Frozen meals can be delivered for use on the weekends to homebound people who do not have assistance on those days.

In July 2009, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels moved to a former restaurant space in Kannapolis. That enabled the organization to begin preparing the meals in house for volunteers to deliver to clients, rather than relying on Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast to prepare the meals.

The change reduced costs for the nonprofit, gave it more control over the menu and positioned it to serve more senior adults as that population increases in Cabarrus.

While a small paid staff prepares the meals and organizes the delivery routes, the organization needs volunteers to deliver the meals Mondays through Fridays to 400 clients on 30 delivery routes in Kannapolis, Concord, Mount Pleasant and Harrisburg.

The volunteers are critical to Cabarrus Meals on Wheels' capacity to serve Cabarrus County residents. They deliver 100,000 meals each year.

The organization is looking for more volunteers to expand services as the need continues to rise.

If you are interested, contact Cabarrus Meals on Wheels at 704-932-3412. You can ride along with a volunteer on a delivery route to see what a difference the service makes in our community.

The Sunday Soup Sampling, presented by S&D Coffee and Shoe Show Inc., is the organization's signature fundraising event. Three hundred guests come to sample soups from Cabarrus County restaurants and caterers, delicious desserts provided by Meals on Wheels volunteers, and gourmet coffee and tea provided by S&D Coffee. The event raises at least $35,000 each year to help fund sponsorships for clients who are unable to pay for the meal service.

The Sunday Soup Sampling will be from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Parish Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road, Concord. Tickets are $25 per person, available online at or by phone at 704-932-3412.