We deliver more than food.
Delivering meals to the homebound doesn't just supply a hot nutritious meal. It also gives people the ability to maintain their independence in their own homes and acts as a little "how are you today" check-in for some that may not otherwise receive any company or visitors. The majority of home-delivered meal recipients live alone and for many of them, the person delivering the meal is often the only person they will see that day. A warm smile from a friendly visitor goes a long way!
Meals on Wheels specializes in addressing the unique needs of the most vulnerable and high-risk senior and disabled populations of America. Since 1971, our services have effectively improved health outcomes and quality of life for millions of clients each year, while reducing risks, hospital re-admissions, and overall healthcare costs.
Meals on Wheels Health is an initiative of Meals on Wheels America that brings together the nationwide Meals on Wheels network in support of the achievements of the healthcare system of its triple bottom line goals. We can accomplish this because of our trusted and unique ability to cross the threshold into the homes of seniors, giving us the advantage to better assess and deliver on the individualized needs of high-risk and special needs beneficiaries. Through our services, we:
Improve and support patient health and recovery by delivering nutritious meals;
Increase well-being that supports patient health by providing the human contact that reduces isolation, depression, and anxiety; and
Reduce negative impacts on patient health by assessing home environments and addressing threats or risks.
Fueled by a commitment to address senior hunger and isolation, Meals on Wheels provides the basic support that seniors need to maintain their health and independence in virtually every community in America.
Feeding people... it's what we do
By the Numbers: Clients*
381 people served annually
83 the median age of our recipients
21% of our clients are Military Veterans
22% of our clients have Special Dietary Needs
19% of our clients cannot afford our monetary fee and participate in our Dining With Dignity program (On average, 8% of our clients fall behind on their accounts each month because of medical bills, high electric bills in the winter months, etc. We do our best to work out a payment plan when they are delinquent due to these unforeseen hardships)
* Based on 2019
By the Numbers: Volunteers*
210 Volunteers annually
20,934 hours of service with a savings of over $183,000
* Based on 2019
Monthly Volunteer Service
2% Paid Staff
Impact of Home Delivered Meals