Never Too Late March/April 2024


URGENT APPEAL: Help Us Keep Meals on Wheels Rolling for Older Adults in Pima County!

Page 4 | March/April 2024, Never Too Late support. Your generosity plays a vital role in ensuring that no older adult in Pima County goes hungry, and we need your help more than ever. This pause in enrollments directly impacts individuals who rely on our program for crucial nutritional needs and vital social interaction. We understand the gravity of this situation and are committed to swiftly resolving the funding challenge to resume full operations. This is where we need your urgent Today, we reach out to you with a crucial message regarding the Pima Meals on Wheels program, a lifeline for many home- bound older adults in our community. For nearly half a century, PCOA has been at the forefront of supporting the well- being of our older adults through this invaluable program. With PCOA providing the necessary funds, our community partners, including Catholic Community Services and Lutheran Social Services in the Southwest, have played a vital role as the entities responsible for cooking and delivering the meals. The demand for our Meals on Wheels program skyrocketed during the pandemic's challenges , and with federal pandemic response funds, we scaled our effort to meet this heightened need. However, despite our best efforts, a recent significant reduction in national pandemic funding has forced us to make difficult decisions to ensure the sustainability of our services. As a result, we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of needing to temporarily pause new enrollments , resulting in eligible older adults being put on a waitlist until we can secure a sustainable budget.

I don’t think I would be able to have meals if it wasn’t for this program. Because of my disability, it is difficult to fix a proper meal. I also like that someone comes by several times per week so there is somebody checking on me. Thank you to everyone who puts this program together. You are helping me a great deal! — Pima Meals on Wheels Client

Every donation, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to offering fuller community participation in the Meals on Wheels program and serving those who need it the most. Your compassion can make a significant impact on the lives of those who are most vulnerable. You can make your gift in the following ways: • Donate online at • Call our office at (520) 790-0504.

• Use the remit slip below to mail a check to PCOA at 8467 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710 or drop off during regular office hours – 8:30 AM – 5 PM every weekday.

Note that we are a Qualifying Charitable Organization for the AZ Charitable Tax Credit. This means that when you donate to PCOA, you can claim a dollar-for-dollar credit on your AZ state taxes ($421/individuals, $841/households). Donations made through Apr. 15, 2024 can be claimed on the 2023 AZ state taxes. (QCO Code 20313)

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