Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Alison Foreman
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We are approaching the end of  the year, and soon, we'll be meeting with friends and family for special meals at Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays. Of course, we can't forget the many elderly folks who don't have access to healthy and good food. That is a situation made more difficult by the ongoing pandemic. Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels continues to meet the challenges, but it isn't easy. WEMU's David Fair talked it over with its president and CEO, Alison Foreman. 

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

This week, our "On The Ground Ypsi" conversation is about a nearly $2 million gift made to six different Ypsilanti groups and what that means to them.  Lisa Barry and On the Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg talk with Alison Foreman, executive director of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, which was one of the local groups to receive the money.  She shares what they plan to do with the gift and the impact it will have on the community.

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Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels has seen a drastic increase in the number of people they’re serving since the pandemic started.  

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Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels plans to play a role in informing local residents about the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Ann Arbor Meals On Wheels

COVID-19 is not stopping Ann Arbor’s Meals on Wheels from delivering meals this Thanksgiving.  

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Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels has changed its volunteer training process as a result of the coronavirus. 

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Staying Connected To Clients

Apr 23, 2020
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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has launched a new program called “Only a Ring Away” to help their clients during the COVID-19 crisis.  

EMU Police Delivering Meals

Apr 16, 2020
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Eastern Michigan University police officers are helping deliver meals for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.  

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels is known for keeping people in need from going hungry, especially senior citizens.  But thanks to a grant supported by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, the Washtenaw County organization will expand its services.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.

#OTGYpsi: TED Event Comes To Ypsilanti To Discuss Mobility

Oct 3, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The TEDxYDL event came to Ypsilanti's Riverside Arts Center recently.  It featured numerous speakers who offered their perspectives on mobility, from vehicles to animals to ideas.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg spoke to two of those speakers, EMU assistant professor of biology Jamie Cornelius and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels executive director Alison Foreman.

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For years, the Meals on Wheels organizations in Washtenaw County have provided hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.  And this year will not be an exception.  

Elvisfest Will Rock Ypsilanti This Weekend!

Jul 7, 2017
Chris Ayotte

You might feel like you're in Las Vegas this weekend if you stop by Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. 

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Proposed federal budget cuts are threatening some services hundreds of Washtenaw County residents depend on.


A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 

Walmart Helps Feed Senior Citizens In Washtenaw County

Feb 17, 2016
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

The Walmart Foundation will help feed senior citizens in need in our area.

Meals On Wheels Ready To Go This Holiday Season

Dec 25, 2015
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Thanks to Meals on Wheels volunteers, senior citizens in need will have a hot meal this Christmas.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Bob Eccles

The holidays can be a sad time for the elderly and the home-bound, but Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is making sure they can look forward to a hot meal and some good company.

Grant Means New Van For Meal Delivery Service

Aug 21, 2014

Delivering meals to 200 homebound people across eastern Washtenaw County each day puts a lot of miles on delivery vehicles.


Some relief is on the way for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in the form of a brand-new Ford Transit Connect delivery van, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund

Homebound Rely On Meals On Wheels For Hot Meal

Aug 21, 2014
Bob Eccles

A fleet of half a dozen vans and a cadre of dedicated volunteers make it possible for about 200 homebound eastern Washtenaw County residents to enjoy a hot meal every weekday. 

89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles rode along on an Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels route Wednesday, and found out that many of the organization's clients are like 94 year-old Cecil Waters.


Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday.