Meals on Wheels of Chester County, Inc. (MOWCC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve a well-balanced, nutritious meal five days a week to homebound residents regardless of age or economic status.
A hot lunch is delivered by a caring volunteer between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our balanced, nutritious meals provide one-third of the required daily allowance (RDA) of nutrients each day. All meals are low in sodium, fat, and concentrated sugar, and are calorie-controlled.
Our services are available on an ongoing or temporary basis, regardless of age or economic status. Special diets, including no pork, no fish and texture-modified options, are available in most chapters.
Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Every 5 years, HHS and USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice. The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science, helps health professionals and policymakers guide Americans to make healthy food and beverage choices, and serves as the science-based foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States.
A healthy meal includes 3 oz of protein, fruit, a variety of vegetables, calcium, whole grains and between 600-750 calories per meal.
When a client unexpectedly doesn’t answer the door, reports a concern, or just doesn’t seem like themselves, Meals on Wheels of Chester County acts swiftly to alert family members or the client’s emergency contact. In emergencies, 911 is called and the volunteer stays with the client until help arrives.
MOWCC also helps seniors:
Nearly one in six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger or malnourishment (around 8 million total).
To learn more about Senior Hunger, click here.
Meals on Wheels of Chester County succeeds because of our volunteers. Close to 600 volunteers generously give their time and energy to serve their neighbors in need. They deliver much more than just a meal - They deliver a warm greeting, a friendly smile and peace of mind to the families of our clients. Why not join them?
Shelf-stable nutritious food is delivered in late fall and early winter to protect clients against missed deliveries during weather emergencies.
Senator Andy Dinniman initiated the Henry's Helping Paws program to honor his much loved standard poodle, Henry, who passed away several years ago. The Senator collaborated with Meals on Wheels and the PA Veterinary Foundation to launch the program in Chester County.
Meals on Wheels of Chester County (MOWCC) identifies our clients who need help feeding their beloved pets and the PVF provides the funds to purchase the food. MOWCC also writes grants to help cover the expenses.
Senator Dinniman joined MOWCC for the first delivery of pet food to Mr. Harvey Phillips (shown above) in March of 2016.
Animal Care PA, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation, is the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, but functions as an independent PA nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
One of their community-based programs is the Henry’s Helping Paws Food Program. This program provides pet food to senior citizens to feed their pets, allowing them to stay together with their beloved companions.
To learn more about Animal Care PA and the other programs they sponsor, visit AnimalCarePA.org.
The Chester County Department of Aging Services works with Meals on Wheels to make sure seniors in Chester County have the help and resources they need.
Meals on Wheels is a supplemental meal program. We deliver one meal Monday through Friday. But many times this is not enough. For seniors needing other services like physical care, financial assistance, counseling, home repairs, etc., the CCDAS can offer help and information to get seniors assistance.
Click on the icon above to learn more about CCDAS.
The Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) partners with Meals on Wheels in many ways. They provide our Emergency Boxes that are distributed to clients in the winter months to provide shelf stable food if deliveries are canceled due to bad weather.
Their commercial kitchen produces hot, nutritious meals for four of our 21 chapters. Approximately 45 meals are produced daily for our volunteers to pick up and deliver in Downingtown, Chester Springs, Glenmoore, Coatesville, Frazer, and Exton areas.
The CCFB also provides frozen meals for our waiver clients. To learn more about our partnership with CCFB and their role in the community, click here.
Any employee who wishes to designate their United Way of Chester County campaign pledge to Meals on Wheels of Chester County (MOWCC) should write your agency’s name and address in the space provided on the pledge form.
Each United Way is independent and sets its own criteria for donor designations, so if the employee’s company campaign is being managed by a different United Way (other than Chester County), you may want to suggest they check with the Company Campaign Chair prior to completing the pledge form.
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Giant stores give back to the community through their Bags 4 My Cause Program!
When you purchase a reusable Giant bag for $2.50, at ANY GIANT and write "Meals On Wheels of Chester County" on the RED TAG, they will donate $1.00 per bag to help feed the homebound in Chester County.
Plus, during the month of September 2019, when you pick up a bag at the Giant on Boot Rd. near Hershey's Mill ( 1375 Boot Road, West Chester PA), you don't even have to fill out the attached tag. The $1.00 automatically goes to Meals on Wheels of Chester County.
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