Meals on Wheels America

Together, We Can Deliver.

Arlington, VA   |  www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

Mission

Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. Our mission is to empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.

Ruling year info

1976

President and CEO

Ellie Hollander

Main address

1550 Crystal Drive Suite 1004

Arlington, VA 22202 USA

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Formerly known as

National Association of Meal Providers

Meals On Wheels Association of America

EIN

23-7447812

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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Our programs

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Safety

Most people over 50 live independently within their communities, and that actually is true even for people over 80—more than 75 percent live in their own homes, where they want to be. As old age edges closer, however, our bodies and homes are often not ready for that new stage. On average, an older adult falls every second of every day. That totals 29 million falls a year, with more than 7 million older adults requiring medical treatment or restricted activity. At Meals on Wheels America, we’re keeping seniors safe by helping them to age independently in their own homes, where they want to be. We do this through two main strategies – preventing falls and improving home environments. At the national level, we are working to prevent falls by investing in national research to better understand scalable models of fall prevention programming in the home, leading fall prevention coalitions with the National Council on Aging and educating Meals on Wheels providers across the country about successful practices. We are working to improve home environments of seniors across the country by partnering with trusted brands like The Home Depot Foundation and collaborating with other nonprofits like Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. Together, we are working to ensure that our nation’s seniors are safe in their own homes.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

More than 10 million older Americans (16% of older adults) face hunger each year. At Meals on Wheels America, we’re keeping seniors healthy by addressing the unique nutritional needs of America’s most vulnerable population. We do this through two main strategies – fostering consistent quality of meals and expanding choice. At the national level, we are fostering consistent quality of meals by hosting the first-ever national Senior Nutrition Convening. We are working to expand choice for our senior clients nationwide by working collaboratively with food service vendors to secure culturally appropriate food options and investigating the healthcare industry’s need for medically tailored meals. Together, we are working to ensure that our nation’s seniors have the nutrition they need to stay healthy and independent.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Our More Than a Meal research uncovered the long-term benefits of daily social contact for vulnerable homebound seniors on lessening feelings of isolation and loneliness. At Meals on Wheels America, we’re reducing senior loneliness by connecting clients to volunteers, keeping people and pets together and leveraging technology. At the national level, we are connecting clients and volunteers by recruiting a new generation of Meals on Wheels volunteers through our national PSA Campaign in partnership with the Ad Council, America Let’s Do Lunch. We are keeping seniors and their furry companions together by distributing national pet assistance grants to Meals on Wheels programs nationwide to start or expand their pet initiatives. In partnership with national funders including the Caesars Foundation and CTA Foundation, we are working closely with more than a dozen local Meals on Wheels programs to plan, pilot and implement our Friendly Visitor initiative, which uses technology to increase isolated seniors’ social interaction. Together, we are working to ensure our nation’s seniors remain a valued part of the communities they know and love.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2014

Awards

Power of A Gold Award 2014

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

Goals & Strategy

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Our Vision: An America in which all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

Financials

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Meals on Wheels America

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patti Lyons

Senior Citizens, Inc.

Vinsen Farris

Meals on Wheels San Antonio

Sandra Noe

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana

Debbie Case

Meals on Wheels Sane Diego County

John Wider

AARP Services, Inc.

Sasa Olessi Montaño

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County

Natalie Adler

Ogilvy Public Relations

Patti Lyons

Senior Citizens, Inc.

David Seldin

Brunswick Group

Ashley McCumber

Meals on Wheels San Francisco

Calvin Moore

Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Inc.

Suzanne Washington

Meals on Wheels People

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

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