Open Hand Major Project 2016-18
Rotarians, family members, co-workers and friends prepare, pack,and deliver meals to clients who have severe medical problems.
Open Hand was founded in 1988 and now serves 5000 healthy meals each day across 19 Georgia counties. More than 50% of Open Hand clients are elderly, so it clearly is an example of the 2016-17 Rotary motto of Serving Humanity. The entire metro area of Atlanta benefits from this effort to improve the delivery of health care through better nutrition. The individual recipients of the meals enjoy the contact with the volunteers who deliver meals each day and their lives are improved by consuming much healthier meals than they might otherwise eat.
Through the first year of this project, 90 Rotarians, friends, and family have volunteered providing almost 400 hours of labor to benefit Open Hand's clients. Volunteers have developed an appreciation for the scope of Open Hand's work and the care that goes into the nutritional planning for those with severe medical problems. Those who deliver meals have a greater appreciation for the needs and living conditions of needy citizens of our city.
RC Buckhead has pledged $75,000 to Open Hand over the three year life of the project. This generous contribution has been touted in the local press and on social media.