Weekend Meals on Wheels of Wilmington, NC exists to ensure provision of nutritious meals and social contact to senior and disabled persons on weekends and other days not covered by the weekday Home Delivered Meals program in New Hanover County, North Carolina.
More than a Meal…
In addition to providing needed nutrition, Weekend Meals on Wheels volunteers connect with clients offering care and a friendly face.
Many home-bound residents receive little to no outside connection beyond the exchange from a WMOW volunteer serving their meal.
WMOW volunteers create a continuum of care for clients enrolled in the program, ensuring that their nutritional needs are met.
WMOW fills in the gap that government assisted programs do not- serving on weekends and holidays.
New Hanover County has a rapidly aging population with many underserved clients in need of improved nutrition to support overall health.
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In 1990, volunteers realized that some of the clients they served during the week were going hungry on weekends, holidays, and other days that the New Hanover County Home Delivered Meals Program did not operate. These individuals, local churches, restaurants, and the New Hanover County Department of Aging banded together to meet the need and developed Weekend Meals on Wheels. It was one of the first programs of its kind in North Carolina.
Our program began with volunteers making and delivering sandwiches. Since then, Weekend Meals on Wheels volunteers and contributors have prepared and delivered more than 200,000 meals.
In 1991, Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. was formed to administer Weekend Meals on Wheels. This board oversees the program and works to ensure that it will continue far into the future.