Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

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Merrillville, IN   |
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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

EIN: 31-1168281


Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana's mission is to deliver nutritious meals to those in need with the support of community volunteers.

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Sandra L. Noe

Main address

8446 Virginia Street

Merrillville, IN 46410 USA

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Subject area info


Community food systems

Human services

Food delivery

Senior services

Population served info


Low-income people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

Home Delivered Meals with a Wellness Check

Providing quality meals to people in need of nutritional meals with the support of community volunteers.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

MOW also provides meals for congregate sites such as senior centers, centers for people with intellectual disabilities, children's daycares, and children's summer feeding programs

Population(s) Served

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
Related Program

Home Delivered Meals with a Wellness Check

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.

We prepare and deliver essential nutritious meals to our community, promoting health, wellness, and independence of all, with the support of a diverse and engaged community network.

In 2023, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc. (MOW) prepared and delivered over 500,000 meals to Northwest Indiana Residents.

For 2024 and 2025, two additional goals for MOW are:
-Medically Tailored Meal Intervention Pilot Program. This pilot program will be 14 meals per week for 12 weeks per individual, and in partnership with local hospital referral. Once the pilot program has been completed, this project will collect data for improvement, continuation, and expansion.
-High quality frozen meals to rural areas of Indiana. This program will highlight providing services safely to clients who live in a location too remote to sustain daily delivery.

These goals will be launched in 2024 and continue into 2025.

The strategies for providing nutritious meals and a wellness check to MOW clients is based on the following items:

- Volunteer usage - the in-kind donation of volunteer hours by more than 400 individuals helps provide safe meal delivery and a wellness check for our clients. Utilizing volunteers enables MOW to keep the cost per meal lower for the client, as well as deliver more meals to those in need. Volunteers also make expansion of the programs easier by volunteering in areas where they live.
-Medically Tailored Meal Intervention - these meals are developed with a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and are done in partnership with the Food is Medicine Coalition and local hospitals to deliver meals specifically designed with the nutrition needs of specific medical conditions.
-Rural Frozen Meal Expansion - this will provide more meals for those who are aging or vulnerable who live in more remote areas. This program is growing and plans to continue to expand in the future.
-Increase in Private Pay clients
-Dedicated and involved board - MOW is privileged to have an involved board of directors who meet frequently and provide necessary professional and personal skills to the leadership of MOW. Their continued support and guidance helps provide strategic growth for the future.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2022 MOWNWI Audit Report 2019 2019 audit report
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 7.02 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% 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 Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, 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 Northwest Indiana, 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 Northwest Indiana, 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 $261,370 $126,755 $2,203,966 $592,497 $65,795
As % of expenses 11.4% 5.5% 84.6% 20.8% 1.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $165,855 $24,146 $2,096,067 $464,863 -$74,265
As % of expenses 6.9% 1.0% 77.2% 15.6% -2.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,629,937 $2,383,936 $4,955,901 $3,391,387 $3,471,765
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.2% -9.4% 107.9% -31.6% 2.4%
Program services revenue 65.2% 71.2% 41.1% 65.9% 77.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 14.7% 5.2% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 34.3% 28.0% 43.9% 27.1% 22.0%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 1.5% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,299,879 $2,318,671 $2,606,227 $2,847,963 $3,405,480
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.8% 0.8% 12.4% 9.3% 19.6%
Personnel 47.3% 47.1% 44.3% 46.1% 44.1%
Professional fees 1.2% 1.2% 2.3% 1.7% 2.6%
Occupancy 2.7% 2.4% 2.2% 2.2% 1.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 48.8% 49.3% 51.2% 50.0% 51.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,395,394 $2,421,280 $2,714,126 $2,975,597 $3,545,540
One month of savings $191,657 $193,223 $217,186 $237,330 $283,790
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $1,278 $1,477 $4,579
Fixed asset additions $354,876 $0 $124,924 $169,109 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,941,927 $2,614,503 $3,057,514 $3,383,513 $3,833,909

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.6 1.2 9.6 10.5 9.0
Months of cash and investments 2.3 2.4 10.7 11.6 9.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.5 2.9 12.2 12.9 10.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $305,964 $239,525 $2,077,886 $2,487,451 $2,563,971
Investments $137,273 $225,410 $244,688 $266,519 $220,349
Receivables $319,702 $343,196 $669,271 $638,611 $592,525
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,394,846 $3,391,222 $3,467,641 $3,634,380 $3,663,005
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.2% 48.7% 49.4% 50.5% 52.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 7.5% 3.7% 4.1% 4.6%
Unrestricted net assets $2,279,512 $2,303,658 $4,399,725 $4,864,588 $4,790,323
Temporarily restricted net assets $86,562 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $68,957 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $155,519 $111,478 $269,976 $194,727 $164,201
Total net assets $2,435,031 $2,415,136 $4,669,701 $5,059,315 $4,954,524

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.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mrs. Sandra L. Noe

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.