About Us

We deliver more than just food. We deliver independence.

Mobile Meals helps those needing assistance with diet and meal preparation, regardless of income, so they can remain in their homes and retain the dignity and independence they cherish. What’s more, home deliveries serve as a regular checkup on our clients’ health and wellbeing.

We deliver more than just food. We deliver independence.

Mobile Meals helps those needing assistance with diet and meal preparation, regardless of income, so they can remain in their homes and retain the dignity and independence they cherish. What’s more, home deliveries serve as a regular checkup on our clients’ health and wellbeing.

Our home-delivered “Meals on Wheels” program serves more than 1,900 clients annually.

Nearly 450 volunteers deliver approximately 300,000 nutritious meals to homebound people who are elderly, ailing, or physically disabled every year. Packaged along with every meal are the dignity and independence that all people treasure.

With their nutritional needs met, and with our concerned volunteers checking up on them with each delivery, many of our clients can postpone—or eliminate altogether—the need for more extensive and expensive care arrangements.

OUR HISTORY

As told by Carolinea Heintz

The history of Mobile Meals of Toledo dates back to the 1960s, when a small group of women set out to establish a home-delivered food program. Their goal was to provide nutritious and tasty food to those who were unable to prepare or obtain adequate meals during periods of convalescing or need. The intention was to serve anyone who would benefit from the program—regardless of income—with an initial emphasis on elderly clients.

Before long, a volunteer corps of thirty women (mostly wives of area physicians and dentists) had established what began as a six-month pilot project. On December 4, 1967, Mobile Meals delivered its first meals to just four clients. But as word of the program spread, demand rapidly increased. In its first three years in operation, Mobile Meals grew to over 500 volunteers and delivered 74,730 meals to 550 clients.

Mobile Meals volunteers were delivering more than meals – they were delivering independence. For many homebound clients, Mobile Meals became their only contact with the outside world, and they relied on the volunteers to check on them daily. It’s that personal contact that our clients and their families still value most about Mobile Meals.

Today, Mobile Meals has over 600 volunteers, who deliver more than 326,000 nutritious meals annually. Since our humble beginnings, we have inspired and helped communities around the country set up their own home-delivered meal programs. And we continue to deliver independence every day.

In 2008, Mobile Meals launched the Weekender Program to provide food to schoolchildren who would otherwise get inadequate nourishment over the weekend. Qualifying students receive a bag of food to take home with them every Friday afternoon during the school year. The Weekender Program helps ensure that students have enough to eat all weekend long so they can come to school Monday morning nourished and ready to learn.

The history of Mobile Meals of Toledo dates back to the 1960s, when a small group of women set out to establish a home-delivered food program. Their goal was to provide nutritious and tasty food to those who were unable to prepare or obtain adequate meals during periods of convalescing or need. The intention was to serve anyone who would benefit from the program—regardless of income—with an initial emphasis on elderly clients.

Before long, a volunteer corps of thirty women (mostly wives of area physicians and dentists) had established what began as a six-month pilot project. On December 4, 1967, Mobile Meals delivered its first meals to just four clients. But as word of the program spread, demand rapidly increased. In its first three years in operation, Mobile Meals grew to over 500 volunteers and delivered 74,730 meals to 550 clients.

Mobile Meals volunteers were delivering more than meals – they were delivering independence. For many homebound clients, Mobile Meals became their only contact with the outside world, and they relied on the volunteers to check on them daily. It’s that personal contact that our clients and their families still value most about Mobile Meals.

Today, Mobile Meals has more than 450 volunteers who deliver nearly 300,000 nutritious meals annually. Since our humble beginnings, we have inspired and helped communities around the country set up their own home-delivered meal programs. And we continue to deliver independence with every bag.

PET FOOD DELIVERY

 

Mobile Meals of Toledo volunteers and employees deliver pet food to clients with animal companions.

The program originated when staff members and volunteers noticed that many low-income clients who could not afford to buy pet food share their delivered meals with their beloved dogs and cats.

 

Pet food deliveries occur annually and provide enough food to last several months. Donations from the community support the program.

MOBILE MEALS FOUNDATION

The Mobile Meals Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization whose sole purpose is to support the programs of Mobile Meals.

We established the Mobile Meals Foundation in 2003 to raise money for—and provide faithful stewardship of the funds entrusted to—Mobile Meals.

 

Through its fundraising efforts, the Mobile Meals Foundation supports our Meal Client Assistance Program and provides more than $250,000 in financial assistance annually to Mobile Meals clients who lack the financial resources to buy food and do not qualify for government support.

PET FOOD DELIVERY

Mobile Meals of Toledo volunteers and employees deliver pet food to clients with animal companions.

The program originated when staff members and volunteers noticed that many low-income clients who could not afford to buy pet food share their delivered meals with their beloved dogs and cats.

Pet food deliveries occur annually and provide enough food to last several months. Donations from the community support the program.

MOBILE MEALS FOUNDATION

The Mobile Meals Foundation is a not-for-profit, ta-exempt organization whole sole purpose is to support the programs of Mobile Meals.

We established the Mobile Meals Foundation in 2003 to raise money for—and provide faithful stewardship of the funds entrusted to—Mobile Meals.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Mobile Meals Foundation supports our Meal Client Assistance Program and provides more than $250,000 in financial assistance annually to Mobile Meals clients who lack the financial resources to buy food and do not qualify for government support.

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