Celebrating 33 years of MOWC
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.
Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.
Federal funding traditionally has provided a significant foundation for the Meals on Wheels network. Recent reductions in funding from both federal and state sources on which Meals on Wheels programs rely exacerbate the widespread suffering felt by millions of vulnerable seniors and puts greater pressure on an already strained infrastructure.
This year marks the 33rd year of our very first home delivered meal on Thanksgiving. That day we delivered meals to 1,218 homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels Chicago’s partnership with the City of Chicago and Open Kitchens means that together we now provide millions of meals to thousands of Chicago’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities each year. The meal delivery program provides isolated and homebound people the opportunity to secure a more stable home environment, thus improving their quality of life. By reducing food insecurity and providing daily human contact, the Meals on Wheels program offers this vulnerable population the tools they need to maintain self-sufficient and dignified lives in the comfort and familiarity of their own residence.
Donate to MOWC: www.mealsonwheelschicago.org/donate
Senior Meals - The Meals on Wheels program helps homebound seniors age 60 and older. If you are interested in learning more about the program or getting enrolled, please contact Intake and Assessment directly at: 312-744-4016.
Home Delivered Meals for Individuals with Disabilities (HDMID) - HDMID is a program focused on alleviating hunger for individuals with disabilities under the age of 60. Meals on Wheels Chicago partners with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to identify clients who experience food insecurity due to their disability, and grant enrollment to qualifying individuals. If you are interested in learning more about this program or getting enrolled, please contact our partners at: 312-744-6673.