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Work Underway On New Home For Meals On Wheels Of Metro Tulsa

Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa is getting a new home to help deal with a growing local need for their services.

President and CEO Calvin Moore said the nonprofit has been forced to remain artificially small because of the constraints of their current 6,000-square foot facility at 31st Street and Garnett Road, where they’ve been for nearly four decades.

"And this 24,000-square foot facility is going to change all that. It's going to radically transform the organization. It's going to help us to go from routinely delivering about 400,000 meals per year to delivering well over 1 million meals per year throughout our projected service area," Moore said.

The Hardesty Service Center at 51st Street and Darlington Avenue should be completed around this time next year. It will include a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, expanded dry dock storage area and dedicated volunteer spaces.

Meals are not the only part of Meals on Wheels' services for seniors.

"We make sure that they have nutrition and caring contacts from consistent adults to make sure that they can remain independent, healthy and strong in their own environment, their own homes, as opposed to being prematurely relocated to an assisted living facility or a long-term care facility or, god forbid, something catastrophic happening and them winding up in the hospital," Moore said.

The Hardesty Service Center was designed by Selser Schaefer Architects.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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