MISSION of Meals on Wheels

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Our Charitable Mission 

To enable people to live independently at home through
the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and
related services.

 

In Service we CARE:


Creativity: we are committed to finding new and innovative ways to meet or
exceed the expectations of our clients, donors, partners, volunteers, and staff.

Accountability: we are accountable for our work by striving to work within
the scope and budget of assigned tasks while fulfilling the mission of
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Responsiveness: we deliver prompt and responsive service to all
clients and stakeholders.

Energy: we are dedicated to supporting and energizing our staff strive
in service of excellence, enthusiasm and appreciation of our clients,
volunteers, and partners.

In all that we do, we demonstrate CARE.


History of Meals on Wheels
 

Taking their cue from a program developed in London, England at
the end of World War II and later introduced in the United States in
Philadelphia, a group of Baltimore women led by Ernestine McCollum of
the Maryland Home Economics Association and Beatrice Strouse,
representing the Baltimore Section of the National Council of Jewish Women,
started the first Meals on Wheels program in the Baltimore area.

The year was 1960 and the kitchen site where meals were prepared was
the current Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. Thus began
the organization we know today as Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

At its inception, Meals on Wheels served 10 homebound clients with a
handful of volunteers. In FY 2015, over one million home-delivered meals
were prepared and delivered to 2,951 clients through the coordinated
efforts of Meals on Wheels staff and more than 1,300 volunteers.

Throughout the '60s and '70s, Meals on Wheels expanded its service area
to include Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and
Howard counties. The program initiated service in limited areas of
Frederick and Montgomery counties in the late 1990s, and began
preparing home-delivered meals for Prince George’s Counties in 2011.