About Us

young peopleMeals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle is an independent, non-profit organization, founded in 1977 by Church Women United. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to the ill, aging and convalescing residents of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area who find it difficult or impossible to prepare meals for themselves.

Meals are delivered at lunchtime every Monday through Friday, including all holidays that fall on weekdays. We currently have an active volunteer force of over 300 and serve meals to approximately 250 clients in the city of Charlottesville and the county of Albemarle.

Helen LandelAs an independent, local organization, Meals on Wheels receives no state and very limited federal funding for its operating budget. Instead, Meals on Wheels relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community to support its home-delivered meals program. Some clients can pay the full cost of their meals and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) provides subsidies for certain individuals over age 60 who meet their eligibility requirements, but the vast majority of our clients receive meals paid for through community contributions made directly to Meals on Wheels.

Meals are prepared under the supervision of a registered dietician at Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center and each client's dietary needs are met. Medically appropriate diets are available including diabetic, renal, sodium restricted, heart healthy, vegetarian and soft or pureed food.

Meals on Wheels is happy to be able to provide special services for our recipients as well.  In the fall, we deliver our “blizzard bags” which include several days' worth of nonperishable food to use if and when hot meals cannot be delivered because of inclement weather.  We celebrate most holidays with tray favors, all client birthdays with gifts & cards, and Christmas with gifts. Through a client bulletin we distribute information about free services available in the community.  And, we have a small lending librarysanborn of books.  These extras would not be possible without the generous help we've received through the years from volunteers, local businesses and community groups.

Meals on Wheels provides a source of daily social contact for people who would otherwise be alone. It also allows for earlier release from hospitals and long term care facilities and helps keep elderly and disabled persons out of institutions altogether. It can help older married couples to remain together and gives many people the opportunity to live in their own homes for longer periods of time. Because volunteers check on meal recipients every day, people who live alone can feel safe, knowing that someone would notice if anything were to happen to them.