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To ensure homebound senior citizens and disabled Chicagoans maintain dignified and independent lifestyles by providing them with warm nutritious meals and related services.

Since 1987 Meals on Wheels has provided an estimated 10,000,000 meals.
In 1987 Meals on Wheels Chicago (also known as the Chicago Fund on Aging and Disability) was created as a joint private-public venture between the City of Chicago and concerned citizens to fill a gap in city services and programs, for homebound elderly and disabled Chicagoans allowing them to live healthy, independent lives rather than face costly institutional care.
Meals on Wheels was incorporated as a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) in late 1987 and began operations with the delivery of Thanksgiving Day meals to 1,218 homebound people in 1988.
In 1990, Meals on Wheels Chicago committed to providing meals for seniors on each of the six legal holidays: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Over the years, this commitment grew to also include meals over the weekend, in emergency situations and daily for people with severe disabilities. On Labor Day 2001, 5,771 people requested and received a holiday meals – a 474 percent increase since the first holiday meal.

1. Since 1987 Meals on Wheels has provided an estimated 10,000,000 meals.

2. Meals on Wheels was incorporated as a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) in late 1987.

3. On Labor Day 2001, 5,771 people requested and received a holiday meals – a 474 percent increase since the first holiday meal.