The mission of Meals on Wheels Chicago is to ensure that Chicago seniors and individuals with disabilities benefit from nutritious meal programs that improve their quality of life and maximize independence.
Meals on Wheels Chicago envisions a community in which all basic needs are met and barriers to achieving independence are eliminated. We achieve this by raising both funds and awareness to support home meal delivery to eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Even the fortunate among us, as we age, will experience a decline in mobility and health which strips us of our independence and diminishes our quality of life. Advances in medicine have extended life expectancies to record highs. One quarter of today’s 65-year-olds will live beyond the age of 90, and their daily chores will turn into insurmountable challenges. Further, maintaining health while aging comes at a price. Without support from programs like Meals on Wheels Chicago, seniors are forced to trade their homes for nursing facilities.
Meals on Wheels Chicago has been serving the city’s hungry for 32 years. Originally incorporated as the Chicago Fund on Aging and Disability, our organization collaborated with the City of Chicago to create a unique blend of public and private philanthropy focused on addressing essential services to the homebound.
Community leaders and the City of Chicago’s Department on Aging and Disability understood how isolating and lonely the holidays could be for the homebound and believed there was a significant need for holiday meal service. They could not have been more right. The very first holiday meal delivery took place on Thanksgiving Day, 1988, to 1,218 homebound seniors.
Today, the Meals on Wheels Chicago Holiday Meal Program serves more than 8,500 of the City’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities. Meal recipients tell us our programs improve their health, allow them to stay in the comfort of their homes, and make them feel at ease with the knowledge that someone will be checking on them regularly.
84% OF MEAL RECIPIENTS SAY THEIR MEALS ON WHEELS CHICAGO DRIVER IS THE ONLY PERSONAL CONTACT THEY HAVE ALL WEEK