Meals on Wheels Chicago is a private fundraising organization focused on raising and distributing funds to 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. Our Board of Directors approves an annual budget that projects the amount of funds that will be distributed directly to the three programs we support. Any funding requests of our corporate partners or family foundations are specifically earmarked and restricted for direct meals services or home modification allocations. No funding from these sources will be allocated towards Meals on Wheels Chicago’s administrative expenses.  This ensures that the vast majority of our expenditures goes to programs and services that help our city’s homebound senior citizens and people with disabilities.

In the case of the Holiday Meals Program, Meals on Wheels Chicago funds per client or meal recipient. In fiscal year 2013, we funded 51,155 meals to homebound seniors. $168,046 covered the cost of the six major holiday deliveries.

The HomeMod program funds per project, each estimated at around $10,000 per project. In the 2013 fiscal year, we covered the cost of 15 home modifications at a cost of $145,000.  

MOWC launched the Home Delivered Meals for Individuals with Disabilities Program in fiscal year 2013 and raised $25,000 to support 50 clients.  

Funding Facts:

  • Both of our city partners receive Federal, State, and Local funding, in addition to the private revenue Meals on Wheels Chicago provides.
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