Impact of Meals on Wheels

Two Meals on Wheels volunteers and a  Meals on Wheels client laugh togetherMeals on Wheels is the only nationwide, community-based network of support dedicated to making sure that no senior is ever left isolated or hungry. Thousands of programs throughout the U.S. serve healthy meals every day – whether in homes or in group settings – offering so much more than a meal. These frequent deliveries also provide a much-needed friendly visit and safety check that 92% of our recipients say allows them to live in their own home. For many, a visit from a Meals on Wheels staff member or volunteer is the only contact they have with another person all day.

Through this collective movement that is already two million volunteers strong, we not only enable seniors to age with the dignity, respect and independence they deserve, but also to enjoy the kind of life-giving connections that help them thrive.

Advocate for Meals on Wheels

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older American's Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This legislation spurred the rapid growth of the nation-wide network of senior nutrition programs- commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels- that have delivered more than just nutritious meals to homebound seniors in virtually every community across the country for decades.

The OAA is a vital safety net that supports 5,000+ local Meals on Wheels programs nationwide in delivering much more than nutritious meals to the country's most vulnerable seniors. Meals on Wheels network of two million volunteers also provides friendly visits and critical safety checks. The OAA also makes economic sense. The investment in senior nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels saves precious federal and state dollars by keeping seniors out of nursing homes and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, often paid for through Medicare and Medicaid. 

We need your help to garner the support needed to ensure Meals on Wheels programs across the country can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come. 

We need your help to fund and protect programs, like the OAA, that support our seniors. To make your voice heard, contact your legislators.