Our mission is…
We are dedicated to providing quality nutrition services to enable seniors to remain healthy and independent in their own homes.
We accomplish this mission by physically delivering meals to homebound seniors (60 and older), providing a friendly atmosphere and nutritious meal at one of our 17 dining centers, and allowing seniors to collect food from one of our fourpantries twice a month. In 2016, MOWWM prepared more than 575,000 meals annually. Of those meals, over 480,000 were delivered to homebound older adults. More than 5,500 seniors in Kent and Allegan County are currently receiving our services. Through congregate sites, or dining halls, over 88,000 meals are served each year. MOWWM’s pantries serve over 1,000 seniors each month. Our pantries provided more than 1 MILLION pounds of food to seniors in 2016 alone!
A little history…
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan was incorporated as a 501c(3) independent agency in 1984. Since founded, MOWWM has gone through a series of name changes. Having originally been known as Senior Meals Program, Inc., the organization rebranded in 2013 to Senior Meals on Wheels. As of May 25th, 2016, we are now known as Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, or MOWWM for short.
Our program was facilitated by Area Agency on Aging Western Michigan until Dolores Valentine was announced the first Executive Director. The first location of MOWWM was on Two Fountain Place in Grand Rapids. In 1992, MOWWM moved to Cedar Street, where we remained for 18 years until finally moving to our current location on Wilson Street in Grandville.
Over the years, many changes were made to MOWWM, largely to do with the growing need. In 1984, 975 seniors were being delivered meals to their home, in comparison to 2015 when more than 2,400 seniors received meals. Beginning in 1984, MOWWM only offered congregate (dining) meals and home-delivered meals. It was not until the year 2000 that pantry services were implemented. At the time, they were located off of Madison Avenue, until moving for additional space on Wealthy Street. Today, our main pantry is located in Grand Rapids off of Fuller Avenue.
MOWWM has been blessed to be supported by such an incredible base of volunteers and donors who share our passion for making a difference! We are able to efficiently serve the growing senior population thanks to donations, Kent County Senior Millage, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Kent County, the City of Wyoming, and Heart of West Michigan United Way.