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GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 57-0691109


Vision: To provide hot, nutritious meals and mitigate the social isolation of clients in need regardless of their ability to pay. Mission: Delivery daily meals and reduce isolation with elderly, ill, disabled, and homebound individuals in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Sun City, on a temporary or long-term basis.

Notes from the nonprofit

A Client’s Story The courage of clients to survive while struggling with financial, health or housing challenges is inspirational to our volunteers. The delivery of a hot, nutritious meal to a client and seeing a smile from a person who is facing numerous challenges – is a priceless experience. The Board of Directors, clients, and volunteers are all filled with gratitude because of your financial support for Meals on Wheels-Bluffton-Hilton Head. The story below is from a client who tells her story about how a hot meal and little kindness can make a major difference. There comes a time when life throws us a curve ball and despite a life of independence and productivity, we find ourselves basically alone when help is needed. Nevertheless, as an elderly couple, we have learned to move forward and put one foot in front of another and try to adjust to our 'new normal.' This happened to me and I'm writing this mainly to let others know that there are people who give their kindness

Ruling year info



Mr. Joe Scalzo

Vice Chair

Mr. Charles Riggs

Main address

PO BOX 23691


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Subject area info


Food delivery

Population served info


Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Programs and results

Reports and documents

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In simple terms, we deliver hot, nutritious meals and provide opportunities for socialization to elderly, ill, disabled, and homebound individuals residing in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Sun City, SC. No one in need of a meal is turned away, including those struggling with covid-19 related shortcomings. To ensure that the organization can meet these expectations, the Board of Directors at Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head, are dedicated to managing an organization with the resources, talent, and strategic decision-making capacity to provide meals to the most vulnerable members of our community.

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 Meals To Needy Individuals

Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head is dedicated to addressing isolation and hunger for the ill, elderly, disabled, and homebound. The volunteers serve our organization and the community by delivering nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks that enable our clients to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. The clients' families, neighbors, and friends know our organization as a reliable and daily provider of a hot, nutritious meal. No organization provides hot, nutritious meals daily to clients in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Sun City, South Carolina. Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head's main program is purchasing and delivering meals to qualified, needy individuals. 

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

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

Age groups, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Delivery Of Meals To Needy Individuals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Our goal is to continue meal service to the greater Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas without ever having to deny or put a potential client on a waiting list. We anticipate delivering six meals to the elderly, ill, disabled, and homebound individuals in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Sun City on a temporary and long-term basis. We estimate delivering an average of 120 meals per day for six meal service days per week (33,000 meals for 2021). As part of the meal delivery process, we conduct a wellness check or provide clients with opportunities to reduce isolation. Lack of nutrition and isolation are two issues that directly impact a client's health.

The organization's strategies and objections for 2021 are as follows:

1. Deliver an average of 105 meals per day, for 6 meal service days per week (33,000 meals for the year).
1. Define local organizations (such as food banks, etc.) with which to form a cooperative relationship.
2. Focus resources and energy on developing our services to Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Sun City.
3. Improve our knowledge of our client base, our donor base, and our volunteer base.
1. In order to fund and achieve our above goals, we will need to increase foundation and fundraising income.
2. Implement upgrade to technology to improve client and volunteer recruitment, how meals are delivered, drive marketing and communication strategies, and donor and foundation support.

The meals on wheels team wealth of experience, knowledge, and willingness to engage in day-to-day operations helps build an effective and efficient organization. These individuals are dedicated to and passionate about serving community members who need reliable access to nutritious meals to sustain their health and independence.

In 2019, 2020, and 2021 Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head delivered 18,464 meals to 185 clients, 27,389 meals to 249 clients, and 29,671 meals in 249 clients, respectively. In 2022, the organization anticipates providing 33,000 meals to 290 clients. The current need for access to nutritious meals has become increasingly evident in the communities. The organization serves our most vulnerable citizens, who struggle with day-to-day activities in the face of covid-19. Yet, the impact that Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head has on our clients stretches far beyond quantitative measures. Success is achieved every day as our volunteers provide immeasurable support and reliability in times of vulnerability and uncertainty. All this comes in the form of a meal delivered daily and with a bit of kindness.

The population we serve is vulnerable and struggling to address life's basic needs. In 2021, we delivered meals to 102 clients in Hilton Head Island, 78 clients in Bluffton, and 69 in Sun City.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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


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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2502.89 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.3 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of MEALS ON WHEELS BLUFFTON HILTON HEAD 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 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $51,641 $104,059 $59,003
As % of expenses 26.5% 38.5% 18.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $51,641 $104,059 $59,003
As % of expenses 26.5% 38.5% 18.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $246,422 $369,659 $379,169
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 50.0% 2.6%
Program services revenue 13.2% 8.9% 9.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 30.5% 27.6% 7.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 56.3% 63.6% 83.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $194,781 $270,102 $320,166
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 38.7% 18.5%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 7.3%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.0% 0.9%
Occupancy 9.9% 7.1% 6.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 88.8% 91.9% 85.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $194,781 $270,102 $320,166
One month of savings $16,232 $22,509 $26,681
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $211,013 $292,611 $346,847

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 31.0 5.5 5.5
Months of cash and investments 31.0 26.4 24.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 23.5 21.6 20.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021
Cash $503,620 $123,037 $147,718
Investments $0 $472,079 $497,826
Receivables $0 $14,034 $21,172
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $381,765 $485,824 $544,827
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $121,855 $121,855 $121,855
Total net assets $503,620 $607,679 $666,682

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr. Joe Scalzo

Joe Scalzo retired from the Vox Group Worldwide in April 2018 culminating in a 40-year career in Supply Chain Management. The last 10 years of his career were spent on the establishment, development, and management of Southeast Asia supply partnerships to support global clients. In addition to his role with Meals-on-Wheels, Mr. Scalzo has engaged with Bluffton Self Help and the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton. He currently resides in Bluffton, SC with his wife Jean and their dog Gracie. Joe and Jean have 4 children and 5 grandchildren ranging in ages 2 through 9 with everyone residing in the Midwest.

Vice Chair

Charles Riggs

Charles Riggs graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in accounting. He worked for a regional accounting firm, IBM, Sperry Univac, and eventually started his own company selling IBM mainframe computers to Wall Street Banks, and all American Express Travel Services. With offices in NYC and Brussels, Belgium. Because of his contacts with companies like Mattel, and Ericsson Telephone, he started a business that grew into an International Relocation company, and Commercial Real estate. Charles has been a volunteer driver with Meals on Wheels since 2017, became a member of the Board in 2018, and recently elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Charles retired here in 2005 and he and his wife Shelia Mohony made Hilton Head, SC their permanent home. He belongs to Sea Pines Country Club, The University Club(NYC), Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (Oyster Bay,NY), Bill's Liquor Store Wine Club and the GONADS(Gastronomic Order of the Nonsensical and Dissipatory).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 03/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mr. Joe Scalzo

Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head

Term: 2021 - 2023

Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Riggs

Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head

Term: 2023 - 2023

Joe Scalzo


Narvel Weese


Charles Riggs


Anthea Disney


Holly Golden

Neal Fitzpatrick

Christopher Spires

Lola Campbell

James Daniel

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.