The Chicago Fund on Aging & Disability, DBA Meals on Wheels Chicago, is a private fundraising entity designed to raise revenue that directly supports the work of our city partners (the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Senior Services Area Agency on Aging and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities) by providing supplementary funding for two distinct human services programs: the Home Delivered Meals and Home Modification programs.
Modeled after the national Meals on Wheels program established in the 1950's, Chicago's Home Delivered Meals program provides in-home meals to homebound seniors who have no ability to acquire meals from any other source.
Home Modification offers individuals with disabilities an opportunity for increased independence by eliminating physical barriers within their home and providing structural improvements.
As a fund, our primary responsibility is to raise the funds necessary to sustain these vital programs and Meals on Wheels Chicago recognizes that we cannot achieve this goal alone. Philanthropy has a critical role to play in the provision of basic human services, as well as paving the way for a Chicagoland community fundamentally committed to helping those who need it most. We feel strongly that demand for program services will continue to increase. In the case of our Home Delivered Meals program, national estimates suggest that the severity of senior hunger has not yet reached critical mass, but will rise 50% by the year 2025. This eye-opening statistic speaks to the need for this program and it is our sincerest hope that corporate and private funders will choose to partner with us, contributing not only financial support, but a profound commitment to solving the social problems that face our community.