The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger and isolation in America. We are the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.
More than 5,000 local community Meals on Wheels programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. In doing so, over one million meals are served to our nation’s seniors each day. However, seniors represent a dramatically growing segment of the hunger crisis in America.
There are 8.8 million hungry seniors today and by 2050 this number will be nearly equal to the populations of our country’s four largest cities combined. Meals on Wheels, operating in nearly every city, town and community across America, is an effective solution to the three biggest threats to our seniors: inadequate nutrition, isolation and safety.
Delivering much more than a meal, we provide the safety check, the warm smile and friendly conversation that enable millions of seniors to live more nourished lives at home. Not only is Meals on Wheels the most effective and caring way to support seniors needing extra help, but it saves us all billions of dollars in Medicaid, health and long-term care expenses.