Keeping Independence on the Table

Since 1987 we’ve been working to eliminate hunger and isolation for Chicago’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. Meals on Wheels Chicago’s public-private partnership with the City of Chicago means that together we provide millions of meals to thousands of our most vulnerable homebound neighbors each year. 



Celebrity Chef Ball 2019 - chefs prepare a six course meal

The Weather Would Have Been Perfect

October 9, 2020: Today would have marked the 32nd Annual Celebrity Chef Ball, but instead of speaking to you all in a crowded hall as you watch some of the city’s top chefs prepare a six-course meal right in front of you, we are addressing you here instead. This year is full of new challenges for all of us, and as you can imagine, it is challenging for Meals on Wheels Chicago as well. Celebrity Chef Ball is one of Chicago’s original and longest running culinary fundraisers and is an annual tradition for many of you. Because of your generosity and the incredible support of chefs, local restaurants, mixologists, and sponsors, this event has raised millions for Meals on Wheels Chicago since its inception.

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Heidi Clifton of Cecily George Photography Raises Thousands for Meals on Wheels Chicago

Board of Directors Elects Four New Members

September 28, 2020: Meals on Wheels Chicago (MOWC) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to the MOWC Board of Directors. Cory Morris (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises), ­­Shannon Murphy (Bluedog Design), Ben Topp (Midwest Care Management Services Inc.), and Elizabeth Turnbaugh (Sazerac) have joined the leadership team committed to the financial stewardship of Chicago’s Meals on Wheels program.

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Disability and Hunger

Disability and Hunger

September 15, 2020: Meals on Wheels Chicago considers many factors when planning for the future of our programs. In an effort to educate the public about our work and the increasing demand for home meal delivery services, we are releasing a series of essays focused on systemic problems that affect seniors and individuals with disabilities. In this essay we explore the link between disability and hunger. We hope highlighting these issues in relation to our mission will encourage our community to advocate for these vulnerable communities. In the meantime, Meals on Wheels Chicago will continue to raise funds for the home meal delivery program, providing our homebound neighbors with the food they need to stay healthy and independent.

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Meals on Wheels Program Brings Peace of Mind and Joy to Seniors and Their Families

July 9, 2020: Becky Schram remembers her father, Bill, as someone who loved his independence, going on walks with her mom Elizabeth and spending time with family. His sense of independence was vital to who he was, as is true with many seniors who need help meeting their basic needs while continuing to live in their own homes.

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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.



Our 2020 schedule of events has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We ask that you consider a donation to help offset the loss of these fundraising events. Your gift will help feed thousands of seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on home meal delivery to stay nourished and independent.

November 13 – 22
Ten Days of Virtual Events and Activities
Supporting Meals on Wheels Chicago

Meals on Wheels Chicago is hosting ten days of events and activities to raise much needed funds for the upcoming holiday meal deliveries. This week of fundraising will launch our end of year campaign, Hunger Takes No Holiday. All proceeds will help fund the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day meals. Support your homebound neighbors in need by participating in our virtual events, placing a bid in the silent auction, ordering a special Friday night dinner from one of our restaurant partners, or by making a donation!


Carry Out with Cochon555

Don’t miss Carry Out with Cochon555! We are thrilled to be the Charity Partner for the COCHON 555 US TOUR in Chicago. Four AMAZING chefs are participating, hosting a virtual dinner and creating a custom carry-out menu with wine and spirit pairings! Buy your tickets at Use our discount code MEALS for $25 off your ticket!

Dine-It-4Ward Culinary Guide for sale

It’s time to treat yourself with the Dine-It-4ward Culinary Guide! For only $39 you can get buy-one-get-one carryout & dine-in deals at 75+ of the city’s top spots. The best part? 20% of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Meals on Wheels Chicago. With more than $2,000 in offers, it’s the gift that keeps on giving back to you and our community! Use promo code MOW20 for discounted pricing!