Our charitable mission, to enable people to live independently at home through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and related services, helps the aging and disabled sustain their optimum health, maintain economic stability, and improve their overall quality of life. By helping clients remain living independently in their homes, Meals on Wheels supports their continued integration in the social fabric of the community, prevents premature institutionalization, and allows them to age in place with dignity.
HISTORY OF MEALS ON WHEELS
Taking their cue from a program developed in London, England at the end of World War II and later introduced in the United States in Philadelphia, a group of Baltimore women led by Ernestine McCollum of the Maryland Home Economics Association and Beatrice Strouse, representing the Baltimore Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, started the first Meals on Wheels program in the Baltimore area. The year was 1960 and the kitchen site where meals were prepared was the current Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. Thus began the organization we know today as Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
At its inception, Meals on Wheels served 10 homebound clients with a handful of volunteers. In FY 2015, over a million home-delivered meals were prepared and delivered to 2,951 clients through the coordinated efforts of Meals on Wheels staff by approximately 1,300 volunteers.
Throughout the '60s and '70s, Meals on Wheels expanded its service area to include Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The program initiated service in limited areas of Frederick and Montgomery counties in the late 1990s, and began preparing home-delivered meals for Prince George’s Counties in 2011.
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