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Our History

1973—Meals on Wheels of Ocean County is started by St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Senior citizens in the Toms River area were served lunch in the Old Fellowship Hall by an all-volunteer staff of congregation members.

1974—Meals on Wheels of Ocean County receives a $130,000 federal grant from Ocean County. On February 1, we began preparing and serving meals from St. Francis Church on Long Beach Island. At the same time, we began our first Meals on Wheels program.

By the end of 1974, Meals on Wheels of Ocean County was operating three congregate nutrition sites: St. Andrew, St. Francis and Lakewood. In just our first year of operation, we had 8 full-time employees, and nearly 1,800 registered adult participants. We were serving an average of 275 meals a day, including 21 Meals on Wheels recipients for a total of over 25,000 total meals!

2012—Nearly 40 years later, Meals on Wheels of Ocean County has grown, but our mission remains the same. We now have 66 full-time employees, with 9 congregate meal sites that serve over 400 meals a day.

Meals on Wheels has grown exponentially, with 900 active recipients. In addition, we provide 16 distinct nutrition and senior support services to nearly 10,000 Ocean County Seniors.

2014 – The program is struggling to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. We have only 60 full-time employees, with 8 congregate meal sites that serve over 300 meals a day.  We now have only have 700 active Meals on Wheels recipients.  This is a significant reduction from the previous years and the reason we need your help.