About Us

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Message from our CEO  

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County was founded in 1973 and has grown and expanded as our population has aged. Nothing could have prepared us for the year 2020 and COVID-19. No one knew at the time what havoc this would wreak upon our country and the world, upon many of our loved ones, families and friends, and on our daily lives.

For us, charged with the care of the most vulnerable, our reality became an exercise in resilience every day, throughout the day. Our focus remained on our mission: “to assist participants in maintaining independence, dignity, health & well-being by providing comprehensive nutrition services and helping ease social isolation.” The growing number of participants in our program were depending on us. I am proud to say in this time of crisis, we stepped up.  Our agility, and ability to adapt the necessary protocols allowed us to serve 27% more vulnerable citizens without missing a beat! We were able to face the increased costs for food and delivery and the increased demand for meals, through the generous donations of our supporters, and the continued care and commitment of our volunteers. 

As we exit the turmoil of 2020, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County has become a more robust program with new-found abilities to provide services to the vulnerable individuals in our community.  We will take our expanded knowledge to deliver the quality programs expected of us, and continue to provide to all requesting the services and support they are needing.

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OUR MISSION

 

Our mission is to assist participants in maintaining independence, dignity, health & well-being by

providing comprehensive nutrition services and helping ease social isolation.

 

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Who We Serve

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County serves homebound seniors who are 60 years and older. Many of our participants are unable to cook or shop for themselves due to the onset of a debilitating disease or another life change situation that makes them homebound. Often these older adults are "invisible" in the community and vulnerable to food insecurity. We provide a significant number of subsidies for those who cannot afford the cost of our meals.

  • 92% are over the age of 60; 43% are over 80
  • 80% are either below the poverty line, or vulnerable to it
  • 25% suffer from heart related ailments; 14% have diagnosed dementia
  • 52% live alone; many with no family members in the area
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