Mission Statement of Meals on Wheels of Wake County:
- Delivering nutritious meals to frail, homebound senior adults and persons with disabilities of Wake County in order to improve health, reduce isolation and prevent inappropriate institutionalization and serving nutritious meals as well as providing social and educational opportunities to persons 60 years old and over in congregate dining rooms to promote independent living.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County serves 1,300 noontime meals every weekday to the elderly, homebound and persons with disabilities of Wake County. Meals are served in three separate processes: the first is hot meals to homebound individuals, the second is hot meals to seniors in congregate dining rooms, and the third is frozen meals to dialysis patients and other homebound individuals who live in isolated areas of Wake County. The home delivered meals are delivered by a cadre of 2,200 volunteers, five days a week, Monday through Friday.
On February 12, 1974, the first meals were delivered in Wake County. Ten volunteers took nine meals to elderly in downtown Raleigh. Since then over 6 million meals have been served.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County services are open to homebound, disabled senior adults 60 years old and over who live in the county. People under the age of 60 may qualify to participate in the home delivered or frozen meal programs.
Why We Serve:
Over the years, we have touched so many lives. This service allows our recipients to maintain their dignity and independence and remain in their homes. When a volunteer delivers a meal to a homebound recipient, we are not only providing a meal, but we are also providing a visit and a check up. The meal is important, but for so many of our recipients, both the homebound and at the Senior Nutrition Centers, it is the socialization that they receive which is so significant to them. It is comforting to family members to know that someone is stopping in daily to be sure that everything is okay.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County is proud to display this Seal of Excellence awarded by the Standards for Excellence Institute. Certification in the Standards of Excellence program is bestowed only to the most well managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated compliance with 55 specific Standards for Excellence. The standards are based on honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability.
Volunteers are the heart of Meals On Wheels. To find out more about how you can help your senior and disabled neighbors CLICK HERE.
Meals on Wheels relies on private support to strengthen and advance its cause of caring for our homebound neighbors. Find out more about WAYS TO GIVE.