Rockland, Maine:  The MCH Kitchen Appeal Committee has devised a delicious way to fill up restaurants during the post holiday season and to help close the gap in their fundraising effort.

Have a Meal for Meals On Wheels” fund raising event starts January 25 and will run through Feb. 11th.  Restaurants in Rockland, Thomaston, Camden and Rockport are all participating. Check the schedule below for the specifics.  The participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales to the Kitchen Appeal.

“This is a great excuse to round up some family and friends, get out of the house and support your favorite restaurant and Meals on Wheels Kitchen Appeal. Book your reservation today!” said Committee Chair Leslie Fillnow.

As of January 12, 2016 – Fog, Francine Bistro, Shepherd’s Pie, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, In Good Company, Eclipse, Thomaston Café, and Home Kitchen Café has all signed up!

The MCH Meals On Wheels Kitchen Appeal has raised 78% of its goal. By participating in “Have a Meal for Meals on Wheels” diners are not only supporting their favorite local restaurants during this quiet time but helping hundreds of Knox County elderly and disabled persons receive a daily “down right, darn good meal” to quote one of MCH Meals On Wheels elderly recipients.

A Little Background…

In the past three years, the Meals On Wheels program in mid-coast Maine has had a 26 percent increase in the demand for home-delivered meals. Last year, the program served a total of 32,421 hot meals to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities. In order to be able to produce and deliver more meals to area residents in the years ahead, MCH, Inc.—the service agency that operates Meals On Wheels—is conducting The MCH—Meals On Wheels Kitchen Appeal.

The goal for The MCH—Meals On Wheels Kitchen Appeal is $550,000. The funds will be used to enlarge and renovate the Meals On Wheels kitchen and establish a $100,000 maintenance fund to help meet future kitchen repairs or emergencies. With the kitchen expansion, Meals On Wheels will be able to keep pace with the growth in the number of people requesting meals that is predicted in the coming years.

Restaurant Schedule – As of January 12, 2016 – Updates to Come!! As other restaurants sign up!!!

Jan 25- 28th

Monday, January 25th

Tuesday, January 26th – – Francine Bistro, Camden– Dinner – 230-0083

Wednesday, January 27 –Home Kitchen, Rockland – Breakfast and Lunch

Thursday, January 28 –Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Rockland – Dinner  596-7447

Feb. 1-4

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2 – Eclipse Restaurant, Rockland  – Dinner (207)596-6661 Ext 606

Wednesday, February 3 –  In Good Company, Rockland, Dinner – 593-9110

Thursday, February 4

Feb 8-11

Monday, February 8

Wednesday, February 10 – Thomaston Café, Thomaston  – Dinner – (207) 354-8589

Wednesday, February 10 – Athens Pizzeria, Thomaston – Lunch, Dinner and Take Out –  354-0040

FOG, Rockland – Dinner  – 593-9371

Thursday,February 11 – Shepherd’ s Pie, Rockport  – Dinner – 236-8500

The Kitchen Appeal campaign was jump started with a contribution awarded to Meals On Wheels in 2015 from Pop for Change, a charity competition in Midcoast Maine sponsored by Bettina Doulton, the owner of the Cellardoor Winery, and Lani Stiles, the owner of the Megunticook Market. Grants for the renovation project have also been received from the Messler Family Foundation, the Camden Home for Senior Citizens, the Mattina Proctor Foundation, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Inc. and the Allen Insurance & Financial Agency. Stuart Smith of Camden has contributed industrial kitchen equipment. Support has also been received from the Samoset Resort, Ocean Properties Ltd.

Peter Gross Architects from Camden, Maine has designed the new kitchen. The renovations will double the size of the food preparation area from 660 square-feet to 1,220 square feet. The new plan includes: enlarging, and re-designing work areas; upgrading zones for food preparation, cooking, dishwashing and storage; and, a redesigned driveway to improve traffic flow and safety for pickups and deliveries. The new kitchen will also include state-of-the art cooking and refrigeration equipment, improved workstations and air conditioning. This renovation is the first major upgrade since the kitchen was built in 1968. At that time the organization served only two families outside the Methodist Conference Home, the residential building for seniors and people with special needs managed by MCH.

Last year, more than 75 volunteers delivered 32,421 hot, nutritious meals to people in Knox County. Most of the program’s participants rely on Meals On Wheels to help them remain independent and living in their homes as they age or recuperate from illnesses. The program also offers peace of mind to the participant’s loved ones who can depend that their parent or neighbor will receive a visit as well as a meal from the volunteer delivering the food.

Volunteers from Mid-coast Maine are overseeing the Capital Campaign. They include: Leslie Fillnow, chair, Camden; Susan Thomas, vice chair, Owls Head; John Burstein, Lincolnville; Sherrie Gibson, Rockport; Peter Gross, Camden; Marnie Read, Warren; Dyke Messler, Camden; and, Lois Stackpole-Alley, Rockport.

MCH also operates MCH-Transportation, which includes Coastal Trans, three local bus routes and a coupon program for seniors and people with disabilities who need transportation to medical appointments, shop, buy groceries and for other purposes. MCH-Transportation operates in Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, and in the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell.

MCH manages the Methodist Conference Home in Rockland, an affordable, independent housing facility that is home to 48 older adults and people with special needs, offering residents a wide range of home and self-care services. MCH also manages three other affordable independent housing facilities in the Mid-coast: the Rankin Center and Stevens House in Rockland and the Knox Hotel Apartments in Thomaston.

Every day in the U.S., more than two million volunteers deliver more than one million meals to senior citizens. To learn more about the MCH-Meals On Wheels Kitchen Appeal campaign, or to contribute to this effort, please contact Executive Director Lee Karker at 207-596-6477 or write to: lkarker@mchinc.org, 46 Summer Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Or make an online donation at www.mchinc.org today!