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Meals on Wheels


Meals on Wheels - Help for our Homebound

The mission of Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County is to provide hot, nutritious meals to the elderly homebound, thus allowing them to live in their own homes, among familiar surroundings and maintain their dignity while aging.

Meals On Wheels began in 1971 as a grassroots effort to feed the elderly homebound of Asheville. As part of a Federally funded Model Cities program, volunteers delivered meals to 12 area seniors living alone and unable to cook for themselves. In 1974 after federal funding was discontinued, Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County (MOW-ABC) was formed. That first year, MOW-ABC volunteers delivered home cooked meals to 70 clients. 

During the 1980's and 90's, the demand for services continued to grow. In order to keep pace and remain cost effective, MOW-ABC moved from purchasing and delivering pre-packaged meals to setting up their own commercial kitchen and cooking all their food in 2001. Since that time, demand for services has increased an additional 57%!  Today, MOW-ABC serves over 500 elderly homebound clients and is the largest provider of at-home meal delivery services in Western North Carolina!
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Last Published: October 29, 2015 7:26 PM