To enhance the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, and other eligible community members who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves by delivering meals, offering personal interactions, and providing other complementary services.
To have the capacity to ensure that any eligible member of our community who needs our services will receive them.
Meals on Wheels Durham is a non-profit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for eligible homebound adults in our community. Our mission is to serve the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves. Dedicated volunteers deliver lunches to our clients each weekday, with the objective of improving the nutritional status and health of these individuals. It is our goal that this combination of nutritious meals and social contact will help our clients to remain independent as long as possible.
In 1969, the Center City Church Council (subsequently renamed Durham Congregations in Action) commissioned various studies in an effort to learn how they could best help meet the needs of the local community. These indicated that a program to provide meals for those who were unable to meet their own nutritional requirements was sorely needed, and Meals on Wheels Durham was founded in 1975 as a direct result. The first volunteers served about a dozen elderly, disabled, blind, convalescing, or undernourished clients who were essentially homebound and living alone. In the intervening years, Meals on Wheels Durham has experienced tremendous growth; today, the program serves more than 500 Durham County residents each weekday—over 136,000 meals in the last year alone!