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Homebound Meals Inc

Fueled by Our Volunteer Drivers since 1971

Fort Wayne, IN   |  www.homeboundmealsfw.org

Mission

To help those in our community age in place, recuperate and enhance health with the delivery of hot medically tailored meals by dedicated volunteer drivers.

Notes from the nonprofit

We do not accept any tax monies to fund our single program organization.

Ruling year info

1972

Director

Barb Umber

Main address

PO Box 10179 Lower Level

Fort Wayne, IN 46850 USA

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EIN

35-1186741

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many in our local community who have been contributing members of society but in retirement often find that they have to choose between an appropriate diet and medical expenses or other basic needs like heat and water. There are many lower functioning adults who cannot or should not be preparing and appropriate diet. Individuals without family/friend support find it difficult once released from medical facilities to maintain an appropriate diet during recovery periods. If one partner is caring for another and they are both elders, they are often too tired to prepare an appropriate and consistent diet.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Delivery of Medically Tailored Meals

Our mission is to enhance the quality of health and life of the homebound community by the delivery of hot nutritional meals and the visits of the volunteer drivers.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Medically Tailored Meals 2019

Medically Tailored Meals 2020

Medically Tailored Meals 2022

Medically Tailored Meals 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities

Related Program

Delivery of Medically Tailored Meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All meals are delivered by volunteer drivers using their own vehicles and fuel. General a volunteer will drive 1 day per week and the same route so that they get to know their clients.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Homebound Meals (HBM) is to assist our community to age in place, recuperate and enhance health through medically tailored meals delivered by dedicated volunteer drivers. The meals are delivered to clients who due to age, illness or a disability are unable to safely prepare meals for themselves. Although this mission was established 51 years ago, we remain steadfast in this mission today.

Homebound Meals currently has two medically tailored meal programs. Clients can select freshly prepared daily delivered hot meals or weekly delivered frozen meals. The dietician and nutritional staff of local medical facilities prepare and tailor the hot meals to meet the varied nutritional needs of our clients.

As government monies decline and medical costs increase, many people find themselves having to make the dangerous choice between health care of nutritious food. Homebound Meals is positioned and committed to serve those whose lives will be enhanced through good nutrition and the ability to remain in their own home. In addition we are determined to expand our frozen meals services in underserved rural food deserts. We believe that location should never be a barrier to life enhancing services.

1) All of our delivery drivers are volunteers (140+).

2) All of our meals are prepared by accredited medical facilities.

3) We keep office costs minimal by running lean but staying current in the industry.

4) We seek board members whose knowledge base brings appropriate skill sets to the table.

5) We do not accept any government funding.

6) Visits from the drivers provide safety checks on our clients.

7) We conduct both 90 and exit surveys with our clients for program evaluation.

8) We respect our clients as individuals and make every attempt to accommodate their needs. Through our communication with them we are able to make adjustments in programs as well as future planning.

1) All of our delivery drivers are volunteers (140+)

2) All of our meals are prepared by accredited medical facilities.

3) We keep office costs minimal by running lean but staying current in the industry.

4) We seek board members whose knowledge base brings appropriate skill sets to the table.

5) We vigorously pursue multiple sources for funding.





Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in this country and that trend is slated to continue until 2031 so the need will also continue. We are utilizing technology in such a way as to increase the capacity that a minimal part-time staff can effectively handle without challenges to the clients. Yet, we still answer the phone so that the elder population can talk to someone directly. We respect and listen to our clients for program adjustments and future planning. We have added a medically tailored frozen meal to our program. This program allows us to deliver to clients who live outside our daily delivery area. We will continue to expand this program in rural deserts in NE Indiana.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Homebound Meals Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Penar

Star Financial Bank

Term: 2018 - 2024

Timothy Boggs

Business Owner

Ashley Boettcher

Bowen Center

Sheila Brown

Just Neighbors

Sharon Minnich

Retired/Volunteer

Barb Morris

Therapist

Wayne Shive

Retired/Business Owner

Alec Smith

Foxworthy Wealth Advisors

Dr. Mitch Stuckey

Physician

Ron Crouch

Retired Engineer

Chris Penar

Treasury Managment Star Financial

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes