Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is the national organization supporting more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
MOWA engages in research to demonstrate the impact and value of Meals on Wheels at the state and local level that serve millions of seniors each year. They are committed to ensuring that local programs have the tools and resources they need to meet the growing demand for services in their communities. This includes studies on food insecurity, photos, graphics, and the "Let's Do Lunch" initiative. This idea encourages working people to take one lunch a month to deliver meals to those in need.
Meals on Wheels Pennsylvania (MOWPA) is our state organization. MOWPA provides the unified voice of Pennsylvania nonprofit home-delivered meal providers to build, sustain and empower effective programs.
MOWPA advocates and provides training and networking opportunities for its members.
Each March, Meals on Wheels celebrates the historic day in 1972 when a national nutrition program for seniors was added to the Older Americans Act. This legislation supported the rapid growth of the Meals on Wheels network that now collectively serves 2.8 million seniors each year.
This year's March for Meals celebration comes at a time when eight out of ten local Meals on Wheels programs are still delivering meals to more older adults than they were prior to the pandemic, and operational and food costs are still soaring even while inflation slows.
Now is a critical time for you to support your local Meals on Wheels and urge Congress to protect, strengthen and invest in these proven and effective programs by increasing federal funding so that it is available to every older adult in need for decades to come.
For March for Meals, we have had the honor of hosting state and local officals, delivering meals and learn more about the work we do. Thank you to Coatesville City Manager James Logan and PA State Representative (74th District) Dan Williams. Thank you!
We are still going strong for the 2023 March for Meals Campaign. This week, we had the joy of deliveries by West Chester Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste, and Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz, County Commissioner Michelle Kichline and County Commissioner Josh Maxwell.
Thank you for joining us and helping us achieve our mission to provide nutritious meals and personal interaction to homebound adults to help them live independently in their own homes. We appreciate their time and dedication to our organization.
Thank you also to our volunteers and clients that happily greeted them and had their pictures taken with them.
Meals on Wheels of Chester County is proud to welcome The Hickman, a Friends senior living community, as a new food provider. Since The Hickman currently provides well-balanced, fresh meals for its 350 residents, the MOWCC partnership is a natural development. “The provision of quality services to seniors has been a fundamental priority for us at The Hickman for over 130 years. We are honored to assist MOWCC to deliver delicious, nutritious, chef prepared meals to local homebound seniors.” said Toni Kelly, Executive Director of The Hickman.
The Hickman provides a hot, nutritious and delicious lunch Monday through Friday for three of our routes serving clients living in West Goshen, Hershey Mills and Westtown Townships, what we call our GoshenVille Chapter. MOWCC greatly appreciates our partnership with this outstanding facility.
This West Chester Senior Living community takes pride in creating flavorful, healthy meals for both their residents and the Meals on Wheels clients living in the area.
The Hickman completed this new facility in 2018. It was carefully designed to blend aesthetically into the historic Quaker Hill neighborhood while providing the latest in modern personal care services.
Built in the colonial revival architectural style that was popular during the day, The Hickman Building which opened in 1936 combines old world charm and beauty with all the modern conveniences of 21st century living.
For more information or a tour of The Hickman, click the link below.
Omar Cox; Ken Nichols, Head Chef, and Taimi Ando, Director of Culinary Services receive appreciation plaque recognizing outstanding service to our GoshenTown Chapter.
Ed Rodgers, Assistant Director of Dining Services at Ware Presbyterian Village and Sandy Jones, Cook, receive appreciation plaque recognizing outstanding service to our Oxford Chapter.
Carey Snow and Scott Ewing of Chester County Food Bank accept plaque for outstanding service to our Downingtown, Glen Springs & Uwchlan/Whitelands Chapters.
Tel Hai kitchen staff serve 5 routes for our Honey Brook Chapter. Above: Kimberly Dilworth, Director of Culinary Services (holding plaque); and Maryann Stewart, Production Manager.
Back row from Left to Right:
Sybil Oswalt, Registered Dietitian; John Heming, Service Coordinator; Jeffrey Webster, Cook;
Paul Heiselmoyer, Cook;
and Marliz Pritz, Cook.
Lancaster Meals on Wheels provides hot and cold lunches for our Parkesburg/Atglen Chapter.
Above: Georgette McGuire, Kitchen Manager; Jeani Purcell, MOWCC Director; Feleen Nancanis, LMOW Executive Director; Hayley Wright, Client/Volunteer Relations;
and Lynn Brown, Prep Cook.
Lancaster Meals on Wheels delivers the meals for us.
Above: Feleen Nancanis, Executive Director; and Adele Roeder, Driver.
Adele loves her job and spends time with each of our Parkesburg clients. She is the highlight of their day!
Steven Wandishin, Director of Dining Services receives plaque thanking Kendal for excellent service to our Kennett Square Chapter.
Above: Megan Vasek, Food Service Manager receives a commemorative plaque for the hospital's service to our community, especially during COVID.
Chester County Hospital serves 2 of our chapters: BradLin (East & West Bradford Townships and Newlin Township) and West Chester (serving the Borough).
Volunteers from both the BradLin and West Chester Chapters pick up meals at the side entrance to the hospital.
Jenner's Pond provides meals for our Luther House Chapter.
Above: Lauren Bolt, Executive Pastry Chef at Jenner's Pond accepts Appreciation Plaque.
Our Luther House Chapter serves residents in buildings I, II, III, & IV, a subsidized facility for seniors in West Grove. To qualify for MOWCC, recipients can no longer shop or cook for themselves.
Above: Director Jeani Purcell presented David Fioravanti, Director of Food & Nutrition, a plaque thanking the Phoenixville Hospital for their service to our community, especially during COVID.
Phoenixville Hospital serves 3 of our chapters: Phoenixville, East Pikeland, and Spring City.
In October 2021, MOWCC hosted a Volunteer Event at the First United Methodist Church in Phoenixville. About 50 people attended including two of our commissioners, Marian Moskowitz and Josh Maxwell.
Linda Keenan (Phoenixville Chapter Chair) presented awards and flowers to four special ladies who have volunteered for over 30 years. Pictured Left: Nancy Miller (33 years); Dot Wood (48 years); Linda; Doris Bolinger (38 years); and Celia Breden (48 years).
Just goes to show that volunteering keeps you young and active!
Chapter chairs and Meals on Wheels staff arranged for a delicious spread of food for the Sunday afternoon gathering.
Above: David Fiorvanti of Phoenixville Hospital standing with Alma Zadrejko who has been a volunteer for 15 years and works at the Phoenixville Hospital. Alma is the Chapter Treasurer and plans to retire from the hospital in the near future.
Dot Wood, Secretary of the MOWCC Board of Directors, greets guests as they arrive at the event.
Volunteers were given a thermal mug celebrating MOWCC 50 years serving homebound seniors in Chester County.
Volunteers in other chapters will also receive a mug as we schedule events in their area. Unfortunately, due to COVID, Volunteer Celebration events have been postponed until further notice.
Volunteers from all 3 chapters watched as certificates were presented to long serving drivers and were able to share similar experiences with other volunteers who pick up meals from the Phoenixville Hospital.
Everyone enjoyed meeting other people that deliver meals to the same clients. "We don't often see one another except in passing when picking up the meals."
"We often have the same funny stories and favorite clients."
Nancy Miller, on the left, drives for two chapters: Phoenixville and East Pikeland. With COVID, we lost a lot of drivers. Several people have stepped up to driver for more than one chapter. Both Phoenixville and East Pikeland pick up meals from Phoenixville Hospital but it is two different sets of clients and directions.
Martin and Martine Tranie, seated far right, do all the driving directions for all 3 Phoenixville routes. It's a big job because clients go on and off frequently. It is a huge help to the volunteers to have such accurate and detailed instructions.
Commissioner Marian Moskowitz mingles and chats with the volunteers.
The West Grove Diner serves meals for our Avon Grove Chapter which covers Avondale, West Grove, and surrounding areas.
During COVID, the diner is closed on Wednesdays. Double meals are served on Tuesdays so that clients still receive five meals per week.
Unfortunately, a volunteer celebration for this chapter has been postposed due to COVID. Ashley, at the diner, accepted the plaque.
Manatawny Manor, accepts a Thank You plaque from the East Coventry Chapter's Mary Ann Keen (on right) and Cathie Leister.
Harrison House in Coatesville prepares meals for our Coatesville and Pony Express Chapters (about 70 meals per day). Recently, Harrison House treated our volunteers to a delicious lunch and celebrated a successful year delivering meals to our homebound clients during COVID-19.
Our Chester County Commissioners:
Josh Maxwell, Michelle Kichline, and
Marian Moskowitz attended the volunteer celebration held at Harrison House.
Seated in front on left is volunteer Suzanne Freyer and standing in the back is volunteer and board member, Alan Freyer.
Harrison House staff prepared an excellent lunch for our volunteers on September 8th at the outdoor patio behind the facility.
Wendy and Bruce Reid
Vivian Childs, Coatesville Chapter volunteer and Mary Ann Edwards, Pony Express Chapter volunteer.
Pat Milliken and Becky Givler, volunteers for our Coatesville Chapter.
Vaccines are safe, effective, and a key strategy to protect you and the people around you from serious illness. Also, it is the best way to eliminate this virus from our country.
Once vaccinated, according to the CDC, you no longer have to wear a mask unless riding public transportation or if required by a business.
Volunteers should keep a mask in your car. If you prefer to wear a mask, certainly do so. If a consumer asks you to wear a mask, please wear one. We are in a transitional phase. Please use your judgement and be considerate of others' preferences. Thank you!
Coatesville area and Honey Brook volunteers needed once or twice a month Monday - Friday (no week-ends). Pick up meals at lunchtime & deliver to homebound seniors. Please call: 610-430-8500.
So no senior goes hungry.