Keeping Independence on the Table

We’re working to eliminate hunger and isolation for Chicago’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities. Meals on Wheels Chicago’s public-private partnership with the City of Chicago means that together we provide more than 2.6 million meals to more than 8,500 of Chicago’s homebound neighbors each year. 




March 13, 2020:  Meals on Wheels Chicago is doing everything we can to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These measures include cancelling our upcoming fundraising event Chicago on Tap. We have also suspended all volunteer activities and programs for seniors until further notice. This specifically impacts our Love Notes Program and Senior Center volunteer opportunities. We hope to resume these activities as soon as health officials advise the public it is safe to do so. Rest assured, all meal service to our clients will continue.

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Advocate for Meals on Wheels

March 4, 2020:  The home-meal delivery program in Chicago relies on federal funding authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA). Last night, the Senate unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, a bill that would reauthorize the OAA for five more years.

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Human Rights Champion Dr. M. Cherif Bassiouni Leaves Bequest

Most admirable are those who lead by example. In our time we our inundated with people-who-talk, whom (if we are to improve our lot) must give way to people of action. Such a person was Dr. M. Cherif Bassiouni: “I can place my little grain of sand and add to that a very thin veneer of civilization… I’m a very firm believer in the incremental approach; things change because individuals move their little grain of sand.”

As in life, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni decided to move his little grain of sand in his passing by including Meals on Wheels Chicago in his estate plan. Our organization is fortunate to now be a beneficiary of a large bequest from his estate, with an initial distribution of $700,000.

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How much is eating worth to YOU?

Meals on Wheels Chicago was thrilled to honor Ms. Ina Pinkney, Chicago’s very own Breakfast Queen and long-time advocate for the homebound community, at the 2019 Celebrity Chef Ball. Ina is an extraordinary person with a contagious and inspiring spirit. Click here to read more about Ina and learn about her very personal connection to Meals on Wheels Chicago and her own experience navigating disability.