A Long History of Service in Seminole County
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, Home 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.
Meals on Wheels, Etc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for young and old by providing appetizing and nutritious meals as well as support services for seniors which enable them to maintain their independence and dignity.
Since our inception in 1973, 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.
Core Services Include:
- Home-Delivered Meals
- Congregate Meals
- Daycare Meals
- Screening and Assessment
- Nutrition Education
- Chores, Home and Safety Repairs, and Home Weatherization Services.
Focused on Self-Sustainability & Nutritious Meals
Since 1998, the agency 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’s, adult daycare’s, and Top Hat Catering, a special event catering service was established. In 2015 44% of our total income was attributed to our Catering Service as shown in the Income vs Expenses chart below.
We have also been recognized by Kraft Foods and the National Meals on Wheels foundation for our innovative approach to providing appetizing, nutritious meals for seniors!
Key Facts about Meals on Wheels, Etc.
- Meals on Wheels, Etc served seniors 187,773 meals, 21,547 transportation trips, 1,307 hours of homemaking services, 2,124 hours of screening and assessments, 285 hours of chores & home improvements, and 56 homes were weatherized in 2014.
- Our Agency also provided 671,336 day-care meals for children throughout the year.
- Our services are free of charge to eligible seniors and, with the help of over 700 volunteers (who gave over 35,000 hours of service last year, we continue to expand our services throughout Seminole County.
- 47 Employees, over 700 Volunteers and generous Sponsors help to provide these services.
- We have an all volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly.
- Our target population are elderly Seminole County residents who are frail, low-income, socially isolated and at risk for malnutrition or premature nursing home placement.