Chicago Fund on Aging and Disability

Keeping Independence on the Table

aka Meals on Wheels Chicago   |   Chicago, IL   |  http://www.mealsonwheelschicago.org/

Mission

Meals on Wheels Chicago envisions a community in which all basic needs are met and barriers to achieving independence are eliminated. We achieve this by raising both funds and awareness to support home meal delivery to eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our mission is to ensure that Chicago seniors and people with disabilities benefit from nutritious meal programs that improve their quality of life and maximize independence.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Elise Geiger

Main address

314 W. Superior St. Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-3667584

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. Then on top of this was the pandemic, of which the immediate increase in need of a 67% increase at the beginning of the crisis continues to reverberate and the need remains high. Covid-19 caused many seniors and people with disabilities to look for help. We used the opportunity to bring more awareness of our programs. The situation allowed many who may have already been in a state of great need, be aware of MoWC as a resource and these clients will stay past the pandemic.

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?

Home Delivered Meals Programs for Senior & People w/ Disabilities

Meals on Wheels Chicago has 2 signature programs:

1. The Home Delivered Meals for senior program provides nutritious meals to older persons (60 years and older) who are frail and/or homebound because of illness or incapacitating disability or are otherwise isolated.

2. Designed to provide in-home meal service to clients with disabilities, Home Delivered Meals for Individuals with Disabilities (HDMID) is a program focused on alleviating hunger for individuals with disabilities under the age of 60. Meals on Wheels Chicago partners with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to identify clients who experience food insecurity due to their disability, and grant enrollment to qualifying individuals.

The clients served through the Holiday Meals Program represent a diverse community of seniors from 77 neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. 66% of program recipients are female, 56% are African American (32% Caucasian, 8% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 2% Unreported), 74% of homebound clients are age 60-84 (26% 85+), and 52% of meal recipients are below the poverty level.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

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

Home Delivered Meals Programs for Senior & People w/ Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of emergency meals provided

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

Seniors, People with disabilities

Related Program

Home Delivered Meals Programs for Senior & People w/ Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Meals on Wheels Chicago envisions a community in which all basic needs are met and barriers to achieving independence are eliminated. Our mission is to therefore ensure that both homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities benefit from programs that improve quality of life and maximize independence. We achieve this by raising both awareness and private funds to support meal delivery.

Meals on Wheels Chicago has programs benefiting seniors and people with disabilities within every neighborhood of Chicago. All of MOWC’s programs share the goal of independence and give clients the option to stay in their own homes while living their best lives possible.
The programs are:
Holiday Meals Program (HMP) - The Holiday Meals Delivery Program for Chicago’s Senior Citizens addresses unmet nutritional needs on six federal holidays, delivering meals to homebound seniors over the age of 60. In doing so, MOWC is providing clients with nutrition and a greater measure of independence to help stabilize their home environments.
Home Delivered Meals for Individuals with Disabilities (HDMID) - For individuals with disabilities from 18-59 years old, the Home Delivered Meals for Individuals with Disabilities program offers in-home weekday meal service for those challenged by the preparation of meals, in addition to the holiday meals.
As an outcome of the pandemic, Meals on Wheels Chicago also launched our new Fruit Bowl program which allows each client to receive a bag of fresh fruit. This helps add to their nutrition intake to be healthy & strong.
The volunteer Congregate Senior Meal Program (CSMP) is intended to branch out into a pantry at a senior center when the centers reopen, in order to encourage corporations with their employee engagement strategies and volunteerism, while helping even more vulnerable citizens who are food insecure.

Meals on Wheels Chicago’s partnership with the City of Chicago began in 1987, and on Thanksgiving 1988 we delivered our first holiday meal to 1,218 homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels Chicago’s partnership with the City of Chicago and Open Kitchens means that together we now provide 3.2 million meals to Chicago’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities each year.

The Home Delivered Meal Programs is a partnership program with the City of Chicago and Open Kitchens. Meals on Wheels Chicago relies on the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services and Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities to expertly manage client intake and inquiries through their Information and Assistance Unit, where all requests for meal delivery are referred to case managers. These referrals are directed to caseworkers in the areas where the client resides and an in-home assessment is conducted to determine client eligibility, independent of income. Once eligibility is established, clients are enrolled in the city meal program and will begin receiving deliveries immediately. All clients enrolled in the full-time program are automatically included in the Meal Program.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Chicago Fund on Aging and Disability

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy McCarty

Monahan Law Group

Larry Feller

Horwood Marcus & Berk

Anthony Fiore

Open Kitchens

Jim Vodges

Hub International

Jordan Dalton

Norfolk Medical Products, Inc.

Jennifer McConnell

AlixPartners

Aleta Williams

Loquacious Catering

Nikki Proutsos

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Elizabeth Bleakley

Bleakley Law

Veeral Sheth

University Retina

John Gnospelius

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA/Commercial Banking Finance

Suneet Lad

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network,

Elizabeth Turnbaugh

Sazerac

Shannon Murphy

Bluedog Design

Cory Morris

Eat Purely

Ben Topp

Midwest Care Management

Bobby Daw

Budlaw Group

Jane Park

ComEd

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability