The program we know today as 'Meals on Wheels' had a very heroic start. During World War II in London, the British Woman's Voluntary Service devised a mobile canteen that made deliveries to people who were shut in during the Blitz. In the US, Margaret Toy is credited with the concept of Meals on Wheels that we know today. A Philadelphia Salvation Army worker, she consulted with a dietitian to develop menus and enlisted a corps of volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. The tie between proper nutrition and good health became better understood and by 1965 some federal funding was made available through the Older Americans Act to states interested in setting up nutrition programs.
Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon, Inc. was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in November 1990 and was granted exemption from Federal Income Tax under 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501 (c)(3). Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation. Prior to this, Meals on Wheels was part of a home care agency and has been serving Hunterdon County seniors since 1973.
The purpose for which this Corporation is organized is to assist the homebound elderly and disabled of Hunterdon County, NJ to maintain and improve their health by delivering nutritious meals to them every day, and to operate congregate nutrition centers that serve elderly residents of Hunterdon County who are not homebound by providing nutritionally balanced hot meals, educational, cultural and social activities Monday through Friday.
Meals on Wheels purchases our food in bulk from a caterer called Nu-Way Concessionaires, Inc. in Kearny, NJ. The food arrives hot and temperatures are maintained by steam tables until the food is apportioned by part-time staff according to each route. Menus are prepared by a consulting Registered Dietitian, and all meals/menus are submitted to the caterer for preparation.
Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon, Inc. employs a full-time Executive Director and Assistant Director and part-time support staff. The Executive Director reports directly to the voluntary Board of Directors. The voluntary Board of Directors determines Agency policy and supports the Executive Director in carrying-out said policy.
The Agency is partially funded by several sources. Title III funding is made available through the Older Americans Act; The United Way of Hunterdon County; the Large Foundation, and Client Donations. Other sources of income are through fundraising, an annual mail campaign, municipal appeal, local organizations and general donations from the community.