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Malcolm Mathes, LOMOW Board Chair, presents$69,616 reimbursement check to LO Mayor Kent Studebaker.

On June 18, 2019, in the City Council chambers, our LOMOW Board presented a check to the City of Lake Oswego to reimburse the net deficit incurred by the City’s funding of the Meals on Wheels program for 2018.

Lake Oswego is one of only a few cities to have its own Meals on Wheels program which is funded from the city’s general fund. The LO Meals on Wheels all-volunteer Advisory Board then holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year in order to reimburse the city. Since costs are increasing regularly and no resident is denied service due to inability to pay, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels relies heavily on donations to keep the highly successful program thriving. This year the Advisory Board presented a check for the full amount of the deficit.

As LOMOW Board Chair Malcolm Mathes explained in his remarks, the mission of the volunteer Lake Oswego Meal Network Advisory Board is to support the Lake Oswego Meals program in the following ways:

  • fundraising;
  • program management feedback to the City
  • community outreach efforts designed to promote involvement, awareness, and support.

He added that, “People always wonder if there is a need in Lake Oswego for a meals program. The answer is YES. For the last couple of years 45% of our clients paid little to nothing toward their lunches.”

In addition, LO Meals on Wheels provides a hot meal to senior and disabled residents who could not otherwise shop for and prepare one or themselves. Not to mention someone to provide a friendly smile and check on their well being.

LO Academy of Dance Raises $5,657 for LO Meals on Wheels

Sunday May 19, 2019, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was very fortunate to again partner with The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance (LOAD) to raise funds to help provide meals for seniors and disabled Lake Oswego residents.

The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance held a performance at the LO Adult Community Center, where their talented young students performed modern, tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Admission to the recital and proceeds from gift-basket raffle tickets raised $5,657 for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels. 

We are truly grateful to all who attended and for an outpouring of valuable donations from local businesses and individuals that helped create the beautiful gift baskets used as raffle prizes.

Thanks go out to LOMOW Advisory Board event chair Nancy Jones and her volunteers, as well as to the very talented LOAD staff, headed by Beckie Ware.

Lake Oswego Oliphant Hoover Community Charities support the legacy of Doug Oliphant

The 5th Annual Oliphant Golf Tournament, held on June 29 of this year, is another success story for the legacy of Doug Oliphant.

Nearly 100 golfers, consisting of LO residents and employees of many local businesses, participated in the tournament. Major golf equipment manufacturers were also on hand to demonstrate their latest gear.

The event, which was held at the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course, is named after Doug Oliphant who dedicated his life to community service in Lake Oswego. Doug was a direct descendant of John Course Trullinger who purchased the original town site of Oswego. See for more information.

Thank you Lake Oswego Oliphant Hoover Community Charities for your continued support of Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels.


LO Organizations Raise $30,000 for October Meals on Wheels Month

When October, 2017, was officially proclaimed the city’s first “Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Month”, dozens of community businesses and organizations wasted no time “throwing their hat in the ring”.

While many made generous donations directly to the program, others created customized promotions.

Some restaurants matched patron donations, and others contributed a percentage of a day’s proceeds. Stores accepted donations at checkout from their generous customers, while other businesses and organizations held special fundraising events.

Lynn Brokaw, LOMOW Board Member, was chair of this successful October promotion and worked with the businesses to keep everything running smoothly. He already has ideas in the works for next October when the goal is to raise $50,000 for the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program.

Below are the names of all LO organizations that participated in this year’s October Meals on Wheels Month. To participate in next year’s program, contact:

Lynn Brokaw: 503-481-3453,

Mountain Park New Seasons Market
Shoppers Boost Annual Donations by 21 Percent

Now an annual event during the month of October, Mountain Park New Seasons Market shoppers were given the opportunity to donate to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels as they checked out. And their record-breaking generosity yielded over $9700 for our local meals program.

Frank, Dale, & Jacki

Volunteers were located at each of the store entrances greeting customers, distributing LO Meals on Wheels information cards, and explaining the program. Over 35  volunteers included Meals on Wheels Board members, friends, and family; MOW drivers; LO Adult Community Center staff; City Council members; LO Rotary Club members; and LO Park and Rec employees. 

Jim and Judy
Jim and Judy

One-hundred percent of the funds donated go directly to support the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels home-delivered and dine-in meals for senior, disabled, and  home-bound residents of Lake Oswego.

Special thanks go out to Cece Harris, New Seasons’ Community Outreach Coordinator for handling this event along with Malcolm Mathes, Meals on Wheels board member and event chair, the enthusiastic store managers and staff at New Seasons, and the many volunteer greeters.

More than 20,000 meals are served annually out of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center to senior and disabled citizens in Lake Oswego, with nearly 75% being delivered directly to the home-bound by caring volunteers through the Lake Oswego Meals On Wheels program. As well as delivering nutritious food, these volunteers provide a vital link to the outside world for the people to whom they deliver meals. Although there is a suggested donation of $4.00 per meal (which only partly covers the cost of a meal), no one is ever turned away for inability to donate. In fact, approximately 25% of those receiving meals are unable to donate even $4.00. Fundraising is necessary to cover the program’s annual operating deficit.

Another big THANK YOU to the Lake Oswego Rotary for their generous donation to the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program. The Rotary hosts an annual crab feed, attended by over 650 people, to raise money for many community programs.