Delivering meals and providing companionship to the homebound.
Meals on Wheels is a nationwide meal delivery service to millions of elderly Americans. There are 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs across the U.S. This video, produced by Meals on Wheels of Western New York, shows us a few of the hard working and dedicated volunteers who help deliver meals to grateful clients.
Meals on Wheels for Western New York is an independent nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of Erie County. Through the home-delivered meal program, Meals on Wheels serves nearly 900,000 meals each year to 3,600 homebound seniors and disabled individuals who have a limited ability to prepare meals for themselves. Meals on Wheels prepares more than 250,000 meals each year, which are served to mobile seniors at dining sites throughout Erie County.
MOW-WNY is also a true community kitchen; we produce approximately 300,000 additional meals each year for other not-for-profits and health-related organizations. With more than 1,700 meal delivery volunteers, Meals on Wheels for Western New York is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the region.
For Meals on Wheels clients, many of whom are homebound, the combination of nutritious meals, companionship and safety checks provides a sense of community and belonging to their lives.
- Meals on Wheels was first started in the UK during WW11
- Meals on Wheels is active in the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the U.S.
- 1 in 6 elderly citizens deal with hunger in the U.S.
- Over 2.4 million people are served by Meals on Wheels programs
- Nationally, Meals on Wheels serves 500,000 veterans each year
The essential work done by Meals on Wheels for Western New York is made possible by generous financial support from community members, local foundations and corporations, as well as through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New York State Office for the Aging and the Erie County Departments of Senior Services and Social Services.