Malcolm Mathes, LOMOW Board Chair, presents$88,778 reimbursement check to LO Mayor Joe Buck.

On July 6, 2021, 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 2020.

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.

HomeStreet Bank generously donated a $5,000 check to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels via Hillary Hess, HomeStreet Bank Vice President. This check will cover the cost of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays meals for the recipients and the organization. LOMOW is very appreciative of this holiday check from HomeStreet Bank. Such donations support over 18,000 meals that are delivered annually to residents in our community who depend on the nutritious lunches as residents in our community who depend on the nutritious lunches as well as the companionship provided by volunteer drivers.

The Wine Event on September 19 and 22, 2020, was an amazing
success. When we learned it was possible to get as much as 100
cases of wine donated to LOMOW we thought we could offer
wine for donations of $500 or $250. We sent hundreds of emails
to our dedicated donors, businesses, friends and attendees of our
past events. We ended up amassing 72 cases of wine and all 72
cases were given away either by the case or 1/2 case; it was
SOLD OUT ahead of the deadline. The wine was distributed via
a drive – by event at the ACC in Lake O. The donors were
thrilled to get a nice gift for their generous donations at a safe
We received contributions of 37,500!!! The only expenses
incurred were printing costs and our thank you ad which ran in
the LO Review. Director’s Mortgage donated the six pack wine
boxes which were easy to fill and load into the cars. Our board
member, very influential in the Willamette Valley Wine Growers
Association procured all of the wine at no cost to LOMOW and
the wine selection was fabulous!
The other two fundraisers we were able to do last year were the
New Season’s October Event and the October month long
restaurant participation event. Because the pandemic restricted
us from being in the New Season Market to ask for
contributions, the store offered to their employees the
opportunity to earn community volunteer hours to work for us.
It was a great compromise as the employees handed out the
cards promoting our meals on wheels program, citing the critical
need and suggesting a donation at grocery check out. They were
able to use community volunteer hours so they were paid to
preform this service. We did not make us much as we normally
do at this fundraiser but were delighted to net 5,000.
The city supported October Meals on Wheels Month is a
collaboration between Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels and local
area restaurants. We recruit restaurants to encourage their
patrons to contribute to LOMOW by adding an amount or a
percentage when paying their check. These funds are deposited
at the end of the month and some restaurants have gone so far as
to match what their patrons have donated up to a specified
amount. This last year the total amount raised was slightly under
5,000. Since many locations were closed for much of the month
or only able to offer take out meals the revenue was less than in
previous years but we were none the less delighted with the
result. __ restaurants participated.
We can say that across the board people were generous and more
than willing to participate whenever they had the opportunity to
help the meals on wheels effort in Lake Oswego.
Aside from actual fundraisers, donations and contributions from
individuals, organizations, businesses, foundations and
sustaining monthly donations increased during the course of the
year in comparison to previous years. I think this was because
many people, businesses, organization and foundations were
poised to contribute more due to the dire situation facing so
many people especially those with food insecurity

When the world went on hold this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like most organizations, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels was adversely affected. Our fundraising events provide the sole source of short fall revenue for the meals on wheels program in Lake Oswego and all of our events had to be canceled! What a hardship for this community and the residents who rely on meal deliveries to sustain their independence.  We were so fortunate in that the local wine makers in the Dundee area came to the rescue in a huge way.  These generous wineries donated 72 CASES OF WINE to offer an incentive for local folks to make a donation to Meals on Wheels! With a $500.00 donation supporters would receive a case of wine or a 1/2 case for a $250.00 donation.  The  wine was distributed at the Adult Community Center as people drove into the turn around, opened up their trunk or hatch as volunteers loaded the wine into the car

– NO CONTACT! The pick up days were September 19 and 22, and all of the wine found new and grateful homes! It was an amazing success as people were thrilled to be getting a great gift for their donations which amounted to over $35,000.00! We are not in the end zone yet, but thanks to our local wineries and our generous donors we are well on the way to reach our goals to enable a successful meals on wheels program in Lake Oswego.

2020 Principal Wine Sponsors

DePonte CellarsDurant VineyardsPotcake Cellars
Deuce CellarsDusky Goose WineryRoco Winery
Dobbes Family EstateHolloran Vineyard WinesSolena Estate
Domaine de BroglieHyland Estates WineryStoller Wine Group
Dundee Hills Winegrowers AssociationNative Flora Winery

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.

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.

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.

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.