Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

More Than A Meal

Sarasota, FL   |
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Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

EIN: 59-1391249


Meals On Wheels of Sarasota, Inc. delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the Sarasota community who are unable to provide or prepare a meal for themselves in their home.

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Executive Director

Ms. Rhonda Leiberick

Main address

421 North Lime Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34237 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County, Inc



Subject area info

Disasters and emergency management

Human services

Food delivery

Special population support

Population served info


People with physical disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Programs and results

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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?

Meal Service Program

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota delivers nutritious meals to individuals in their homes who, because of age, physical/mental disability, financial need or incapacity are unable to prepare a meal for themselves. The meals are delivered by dedicated volunteers. Our goal is to allow our clients to maintain the highest level of independence and dignity possible, while living in their own home or residence, thus avoiding premature institutionalization while safely living independently.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Clients receiving our Meal Service Program may be eligible to receive service through our Pet Love Program. Dog and cat food, kitter litter and veterinary care is provided to our clients unable to pay for meals through this initiative. Working in conjunction with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, these pets receive annual wellness checks, vaccines, and are licensed with Sarasota County. Food is delivered monthly, with kitty litter.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with physical disabilities
Older adults

Where we work


Affiliations & memberships

Meals on Wheels America 2022

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Older adults, Seniors

Related Program

Meal Service Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Our primary goal is to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. Our solution starts with the meal and delivers so much more. Food insecurity and malnutrition are associated with poor health, chronic illness. “On average, chronic diseases are projected to cost the United States $794 billion per year in lost productivity alone between 2016 and 2030.” Excerpt from "The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases", Health Affairs Blog, August 17, 2017.
For this reason, the core of our services is the delivery of consistent nutritious meals. Given the myriad of biological, social, economic and functional challenges that often accompany aging and impairments, research shows that receiving Meals on Wheels services reduces food insecurity rates by 28%.
“We can provide a senior with Meals on Wheels for an entire year for the same cost as being in the hospital for one day or a nursing home for 10" said Meals on Wheels President and CEO Ellie Hollander during an interview on Good Morning America.
According to The Silver Book from the Alliance for Aging Research, “by 2030, the 65 and older population is projected to be over 71 million. The 75 and older population is projected to be over 33 million.” In Florida, more than 10% of seniors live in poverty, 21% live alone, and 7% are considered low-income minority residents (US Census Bureau data, 2021). The seniors within these categories are all at risk for developing malnutrition as these socio-economic disadvantages often lead to poorer access to adequate nutrition. Malnutrition among seniors increases the risk for injury, illness and premature institutionalization – all of which results in increased financial burdens. Seniors who reduce their number of daily meals or the nutritional value of the calories do so for a variety of reasons:
• Inability to eat/shop/cook
• Cognitive change/confusion/memory loss
• Reduced income
• Loneliness/reduced sense of well-being
• Medication usage
• Diseases/chronic illness
• Metabolic changes
• Compromised immune system
For many homebound recipients, the volunteer delivering their meal may be the only person they see that day.

Monday through Friday, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota staff prepare 700 heart-healthy (no added salt or sugar) meals that contain approximately 1,100 calories. Each month we provide 12,100 meals free of charge to residents that cannot afford to pay for our services. Without our program, 550 vulnerable neighbors will not eat that day, will slide into isolation, will not have a safety net knowing a volunteer will call for assistance if they fall or don’t answer the door. In 2022, we produced 175,500 meals and delivered to 1,219 clients.

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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 50.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$6,463 $100,296 $799,465 $183,750 -$614,849
As % of expenses -0.9% 10.4% 54.0% 14.2% -46.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$27,965 $79,289 $769,713 $152,404 -$640,635
As % of expenses -3.6% 8.1% 51.0% 11.5% -47.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $778,262 $822,933 $2,163,771 $1,470,219 $1,042,962
Total revenue, % change over prior year 24.5% 5.7% 162.9% -32.1% -29.1%
Program services revenue 23.5% 25.5% 10.4% 11.9% 13.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 4.7% 5.0% 1.5% 2.8% 6.5%
Government grants 0.0% 7.0% 17.2% 4.6% 9.6%
All other grants and contributions 71.8% 62.0% 70.0% 65.0% 70.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.5% 0.9% 15.7% -0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $749,094 $961,500 $1,480,365 $1,293,796 $1,319,578
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.4% 28.4% 54.0% -12.6% 2.0%
Personnel 39.3% 34.4% 27.4% 40.2% 39.3%
Professional fees 4.3% 2.1% 2.2% 8.1% 7.4%
Occupancy 4.4% 4.0% 2.3% 1.8% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 52.0% 59.4% 68.2% 50.0% 51.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $770,596 $982,507 $1,510,117 $1,325,142 $1,345,364
One month of savings $62,425 $80,125 $123,364 $107,816 $109,965
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $67,439 $0
Fixed asset additions $75,266 $0 $34,276 $52,581 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $908,287 $1,062,632 $1,667,757 $1,552,978 $1,455,329

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.7 1.4 6.6 2.0 1.0
Months of cash and investments 28.7 23.7 21.9 26.4 21.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 24.7 20.5 19.5 23.5 17.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $168,599 $113,166 $817,878 $214,413 $111,493
Investments $1,624,858 $1,786,028 $1,882,092 $2,634,492 $2,240,764
Receivables $15,135 $29,571 $65,052 $15,000 $31,965
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $409,473 $409,473 $443,749 $496,330 $458,923
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 58.5% 63.7% 65.5% 64.8% 67.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 2.3% 2.8% 0.9% 9.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,711,256 $1,790,545 $2,560,258 $2,712,662 $2,072,027
Temporarily restricted net assets -$12,261 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $250,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $237,739 $250,016 $292,188 $322,194 $261,317
Total net assets $1,948,995 $2,040,561 $2,852,446 $3,034,856 $2,333,344

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Rhonda Leiberick

Rhonda Leiberick is an accredited public relations professional, award-winning communicator, experienced non-profit administrator and fundraiser with a passion to serve the community. Her professional background includes publishing, graphic design, as well as business development and corporate marketing. Having previously served as Program Director at Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Ms. Leiberick has experience in non-profit administration; public relations; grants management; capital campaigns; mortgage lending compliance; and fundraising. She is the past president of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and a board member with the Friends of the Lakewood Ranch Library. She is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota through the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design. Ms. Leiberick has made the Sarasota area her home since 1994. She is married and has two children attending a local public high school.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr. John Raleigh

Shilanski & Associates

Term: 2022 - 2025

Board co-chair

Ms. Diane Weaver

self employed

Term: 2022 - 2025

Tom Flanagan


Dwight Henry

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John Hermansen

community volunteer

Jay Ahlman


Justin Senior

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William Gandy


Daniel Collins

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David Dresner


Jane Knaack-Esbeck


Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

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