About Us

More than a meal™

Our Organization

Founded in 1960, our mission is to enable people to live independently at home through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and support services, so that they may age in place with dignity. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in the country, serving thousands of people daily with six regional offices throughout central Maryland and a main central location located in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore City.

With an operating budget of over $10.5 million per year, a team of over 100 staff and more than 1,800 volunteers, MOWCM delivers over 1 million nutritious meals and offers support services to over 3,100 home-bound elderly Marylanders each year.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is proud to be recognized as a magnet accredited program by the Meals on Wheels Association of America for demonstration of excellence and accountability in home delivered meal programs.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Our History

Two Baltimore women, Ernestine McCollum and Beatrice Strouse, shared a conviction—nutritious meals for the aging and disabled was a genuine need in the area. Committed to filling that need, in early 1960, they replicated a meal delivery program that originated in London after World War II. On October 3rd that same year, the first 10 Meals on Wheels clients were served a hot meal lovingly prepared and delivered by a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Today, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is one of the oldest nonprofit, home-delivered meal programs in the country, serving more than 1.3 million meals annually to nearly 3,000 clients.

Our Approach

Our More than a meal™ approach—nutritious meals, personal contact, customized service planning, and safety-net services, is what distinguishes us from other home-delivered meal programs.

Thanks to the sustained commitment of our volunteers, staff, and donors, we are one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in the country, and one that offers a wide array of support services.

Each day, more than 27 Meals on Wheels vans and 1,800 volunteers hit the road to deliver more than a meal™.

Our Clients

By providing nutritious meals to people who are homebound and unable to shop or prepare their own meals—because of age or disability—Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland supports healthy, independent living and quality of life for people who choose to age in place.

By helping the aging and disabled remain living independently in their homes, Meals on Wheels supports their continued integration into the social fabric of the community, prevents premature institutionalization, and allows them to age in their communities with dignity.



Our Impact


of our clients believe that our programs and services have made a significant difference in their lives


of our clients report that our services have extended the length of time they will be able to live at home


of our clients report that our services have improved their nutritional intake


of our clients report that Meals on Wheels has decreased their isolation

Our Services

Two meals, a hot lunch and cold supper, are delivered by a dedicated and caring volunteer between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Our services are available on a long-term or temporary basis, regardless of age or economic status.

Our balanced meals provide two-thirds of the required daily allowance (RDA) of nutrients each day. All meals are low in sodium, fat and concentrated sugar, and are calorie controlled. We also deliver meals that meet the needs of special diets.

Meals on Wheels delivers to residents of Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery Counties, and select areas of Prince George’s County.

Additional Services:

  • Health & Safety Assessment
  • Case Management/Care Coordination
  • Wellness Checks
  • Friendly Companion Visits
  • Home Repair & Modification
  • Grocery Assistance Program (grocery shoppers)
  • Phone Pals
  • Kibble Connection pet food delivery

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Apply Online

If you would like to request Meals on Wheels service, please fill out our online application or for more information, call 410.558.0827.

Contact Us

515 South Haven Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.558.0827
Fax: 410.558.1321

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