About Us

Our Mission:

To enhance quality of life for older adults and other community members who are homebound and unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves. Through daily meal delivery and regular contact with caring volunteers, we strive to positively impact our clients’ health, independence, and connectivity.

Our Vision:

To have the capacity to ensure that any eligible member of our community who needs our services will receive them.


In 1969, the Center City Church Council (subsequently renamed Durham Congregations in Action) commissioned a number of studies to learn how they could best help the community. Research indicated that a program to provide meals for those who were unable to meet their own nutritional needs was in clear demand. Meals on Wheels Durham was founded in 1975 as a direct result. The first volunteers served about a dozen older adults who were homebound, coping with health challenges, and living alone. In the intervening years, Meals on Wheels Durham has experienced tremendous growth. Today, the program serves more than 550 Durham County residents each weekday and delivered over 201,000 meals last year - the most in our 46-year history.