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The mission of MOW is to nourish the bodies and spirits of homebound elderly, convalescing, or disabled persons by providing hot, nourishing, home delivered meals and social contact. By doing so, MOW works towards preventing clients from entering nursing homes or long-term care facilities prematurely due to improper diet, malnutrition, or neglect.
MOW is an almost entirely volunteer run organization which prepares regular and special medical diet meals in its own kitchen. Meals are then delivered to clients by volunteers driving 35 routes covering the Albuquerque metropolitan area, Rio Rancho, and Corrales. Whenever possible, clients pay for their meals; other clients receive their meals free through grants and fundraising.
Meals on Wheels History:
Meals on Wheels has always been a collaboration of the community, for the community. MOW was established by members of the DARE Circle at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in 1971. They were responding to a challenge to help prevent people from prematurely entering nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Soon, other churches and civic organizations joined in the planning effort to hand deliver meals to home-bound elderly, convalescing, or disabled clients.
Presbyterian Hospital made their own kitchen-prepared special diet meals available to MOW for delivery. Thus, the first 20 clients' meals were delivered from Anna Kaseman Hospital to Encino House on January 3, 1972. In 1976 St. Joseph Hospital offered facilities and space that we still enjoy today. In 1998 Presbyterian Hospital donated the exclusive use of their Northside Hospital kitchen to Meals on Wheels so that we could prepare our own meals for delivery.
Now there are over 400 volunteers involved in some phase of meal delivery to clients throughout Albuquerque, Corrales, and Rio Rancho. Over 1.8 million meals have been prepared and delivered by our faithful staff and volunteers!