The cost of providing a senior Meals on Wheels for an entire year is equivalent to less than 10 days in a nursing home.
Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country.
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.
Seniors represent a dramatically growing segment of the hunger crisis in America. There are 9.6 million hungry seniors today and by 2050 this number will be nearly equal to the populations of our country's four largest cities combined.
Meals on Wheels is an effective solution to the three biggest threats to our seniors: inadequate nutrition, isolation and safety. Delivering much more than a meal, we provide the safety check, the warm smile and friendly conversation that enable millions of seniors to remain in their own homes, where they want to be.
Not only is Meals on Wheels the most effective and caring way to support seniors needing extra help, but it saves us all billions of dollars in Medicaid, health and long-term care expenses. In fact, for every $1 invested in Meals on Wheels, we save up to $50 in Medicaid spending.
Our goal is to support the whole person, ensuring that every senior in America has a chance to live a fully nourished life, with independence and dignity, for as long as they are able.