Tulsa County CARES, TAEMA partner with Meals on Wheels to protect seniors

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA) and Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa began providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to seniors Monday.

Each Meals on Wheels client receives five masks, delivering masks directly to some of Tulsa County’s most vulnerable population. Tulsa County CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) provided funding for the masks.

“Commissioner Karen Keith had a constituent reach out about how we are providing PPE to schools and businesses but missing out on residents,” said Joe Kralicek, TAEMA executive director. “I reached out to Meals on Wheels to ask if they’d be willing to partner with us, and they jumped at the chance.”

Counting more than 300,000 masks provided to Tulsa County schools and hundreds of thousands more distributed through other Tulsa County CARES programs, TAEMA has distributed more than 1 million masks to date, Kralicek said.

“Ensuring client safety is at the core of our mission,” said Calvin Moore, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa. “We want to thank Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency for their partnership by providing masks for our clients. Gifting this personal protection equipment provides another vital layer of security for those most vulnerable in our community.”

Tulsa County CARES programs continue to accept applications from local governments, agencies, nonprofit, small businesses and renters for funding assistance. For more information about Tulsa County CARES programs, go to tulsacountycares.org.