Mission Statement: To deliver nutritious meals to the homebound individuals of Summit County regardless of age or income.
What We Do: Established in 2009, Mountain Meals replaced the two already existing meal delivery programs in community. We deliver five lunchtime meals every week to eligible individuals who are located within the boundaries of Summit County. We are able to accommodate special dietary needs for all our clients. We delivered over 1,500 meals in 2011 within Summit County. We are currently operating as a program under the wing of Summit County Senior Citizens, Inc. All donations are tax-deductible.
How It Works: Potential clients are referred through local organizations and through community members. Meals are prepared at the Senior and Community Center kitchen by our chef and delivered by caring volunteers. Our volunteers deliver five meals over three delivery days.
Eligibility Guidelines: Person must be homebound. Person’s residence must be within Summit County. Meal delivery volunteer must be able to get to the front door and enter the home safely. Person must be at least 18 years of age.
What does it mean to be homebound? The term homebound is used to describe a person who cannot leave their home without help. Some people are only temporarily homebound while recovering from surgery, severe illness, or injury. Others are permanently homebound due to advanced age or a chronic medical condition. Everyday necessities such as proper nutrition can be extremely challenging in these situations.
How does someone enroll in the program? If you or someone you know is eligible for Summit Mountain Meals, please call our Program Coordinator Mary Jane Hayhurst at (970)485-0641. She will schedule a time to visit your home and conduct an eligibility screening and enrollment.
What is the cost? Each meal costs $4.00. However, we understand that many people who are eligible for meals are facing financial burden, and we will not turn away an eligible client due to inability to pay. We offer a sliding scale payment system for those who qualify financially.
What is the delivery schedule? We currently deliver on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We deliver one hot lunch on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we deliver one hot lunch and one frozen lunch. By delivering two lunches on our Tuesday and Thursday delivery days we keep our costs low. Meals are typically delivered between 12:00PM and 1:00PM. Because our client numbers fluctuate, the actual delivery times will vary.
Volunteer Info: We are always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals. A valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, reliable automobile, and willingness/ability to drive in all weather conditions are required. We perform a thorough background screening on every volunteer. Our Program Coordinator sends out emails and a link to our delivery schedule every month, and volunteers sign up for delivery routes via email. We understand that many people are part-time residents and do not require a minimum number of deliveries every month. However, we do ask that volunteers try to deliver at least once a month when in town.
A snapshot of volunteer duties: Volunteers show up at the Senior & Community Center kitchen at 11:45 to pick up the meals for their assigned delivery route. Meals are packaged and placed in thermal delivery bags by the kitchen staff. Volunteers take their delivery bags and the driving directions for their assigned route. Volunteers deliver meals on their route and then return the delivery bag to the kitchen. Each route typically takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete, depending on the number of clients.
Meal Safety: Meals are prepared in a commercial kitchen located at the Summit County Community & Senior Center and meals are delivered in insulated bags to ensure a safe temperature is maintained.
Funding: Foundation and Grant Awards – Our program would not exist without the generous contributions made by these funders. A heartfelt thank you goes out from our advisory board, staff, volunteers, and community supporters!
The Summit Foundation
The Michell Family Foundation The Town of Frisco
The Town of Breckenridge The Town of Silverthorne
Private and Individual Donations
Please consider sponsoring a meal client! $20 provides one week of meals for one client $80 provides one month of meals for one client $480 provides six months of meals for one client $960 provides one year of meals for one client
As always, any financial contribution big or small directly helps our mission. Please consider adding us to your donation list.
Contact Us: Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more information about our program
or to start a referral.
Summit Mountain Meals C/O SCSC
PO Box 1845 Frisco, CO 80443