50 Years of Meals on Wheels of Wake County

Since 1974 Meals on Wheels of Wake County has nourished, enriched, and strengthened the lives of Wake County senior neighbors through daily meal delivery and human connections.

Meals on Wheels is a proven, community driven solution that addresses the challenges of aging by promoting healthy eating and improving quality of life for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors. We provide our homebound, senior neighbors with a nutritious hot meal, along with a check-in and visit. Meals on Wheels allows older adults in Wake County 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. 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 was founded on February 12, 1974 with ten volunteers meeting at Hillyer Christian Church to deliver meals in downtown Raleigh (pictured to the right). Since then over 10 million meals have been served in Wake County alone. Meals on Wheels of Wake County is associated with the Meals on Wheels America, which is comprised of over 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs and 800,000 volunteers in the U.S. dedicated to ending senior hunger.


Our first meal delivery in 1974