ABOUT US

MEALS ON WHEELS, ETC. HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SERVING SEMINOLE COUNTY

In 2020, We Served Seniors:

202,744

NUTRITIOUS MEALS

17,162

TRANSPORTATION TRIPS

237 HOURS

HOMEMAKING SERVICES

1,524 HOURS

SCREENING & ASSESSMENTS

371 HOURS

CHORES 

24 HOMES

WEATHERIZED

88 SENIORS

ASSISTED THROUGH THE EMERGENCY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

MEALS ON WHEELS, ETC. IS DEDICATED TO ENHANCING QUALITY OF LIFE.

WHO WE ARE.

By providing appetizing and nutritious meals as well as support services for seniors. We help them maintain their dignity.

OUR HISTORY

Meals on Wheels, Etc. began providing Home-Delivered Meals and Transportation Services in 1973 to seniors of Seminole County. Since that time, we have added additional services which help meet the growing needs of vulnerable seniors in our area. We offer a number of vital programs such as Neighborhood Dining, Homemaking,  Chores and Home Weatherization that help the elderly remain in their own homes so they can continue to live their lives with as much independence as possible. Since then, the elder population of Seminole County has dramatically increased each year. Meals on Wheels has responded with an umbrella of services to support this growth.

SUSTAINABILITY

Since 1998, Meals on Wheels has operated its own kitchen to improve the quality and taste appeal of senior meals. The kitchen was also established as a business model to raise revenues to offset governmental funding limitations. In 2004, the kitchen operation expanded to include food service to public and private childcare, adult daycare, and Top Hat Catering, a special event catering service.  In 2020, 38% of our total income was attributed to our kitchen meal contracts.

THE FUTURE

As our Seminole County senior population continues to grow, Meals on Wheels continues to expand its operations to meet these demands. That is why your contribution is so vital to our success in reaching our elderly Seminole County residents who are frail, low-income, socially isolated, and at risk for malnutrition or early nursing home placement. This involves creative approaches to meet these challenges, which is why Kraft Foods and the National Meals on Wheels foundation recognized us for our innovative approach to providing appetizing, nutritious meals for seniors.

THE WHY BEHIND WHAT WE DO. OUR GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO ENSURE NO SENIOR GOES HUNGRY.

With the senior population expected to double by 2050, we must do all that we can to ensure they are taken care of when the time arrives.

FIGHT HUNGER

With the rising cost of healthcare and living costs, some seniors have very little left in their budgets for food and sustenance. Seniors that live below the poverty line are often forced to live on an income of $220 a week which in most cases is not enough to cover the cost of basic needs and triggers a rise in depression for our most at-risk seniors. This is why our food delivery services are one of the most essential parts of our efforts, to ensure that our seniors have a healthy diet as they grow older.

FIGHT ISOLATION

As our senior population ages certain social skills which are essential for them to lead happy lives begin to dull. Part of this stems from lack of social interaction as their bodies begin to grow weary. We do everything in our power to provide opportunities for our seniors to engage in lively conversation and share their day with others through our home meal delivery services, communal dining, and transportation services. These services help seniors retain these skills, but also a sense of dignity and independence which is a boost to their quality of life.

FIGHT HOPELESSNESS

For most low-income seniors, a sense of hopelessness can develop as they assess their current situation and begin to feel like there is no alternative available. This is why it is so important to ensure that they receive the necessary assistance and maintain a sense of community through our services. It is of critical importance that our seniors feel the warmth of being cared about. With your help and contributions, we can ensure that our seniors never lose hope, and realize that they are not alone or abandoned.

A LONG HISTORY OF SERVING SEMINOLE COUNTY

By providing appetizing and nutritious meals as well as support services for seniors. We help them maintain their dignity.

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