More than just Meals – Delivering “Body and Soul”
DELIVERING SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL
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 is designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of vulnerable seniors.
79% of home-delivered meal recipients are 75 or older
69% are women
15% are veterans
59% live alone
25% live in rural areas
35% live in poverty
28% are racial and/or ethnic minority
46% self-report fair or poor health
82% take 3+ medications daily