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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels

Mission: Meals on Wheels assists the elderly and disabled in maintaining their health, independence, and quality of life by providing hot meals. Nutrition is extremely important to maintain good health and Meals on Wheels provides 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements for participants. Many would not be able to stay in their own homes without the assistance provided by the agency and its many volunteers.

Programs: To deliver nutritious meals to individuals in need and build community awareness and support to meet that need.

to deliver nutritious meals to individuals in need and build community awareness and support to meet that need.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They help so many people but i never volunteer but from what I have heard they do good job of it thank so much

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer driver for several years, I have always enjoyed the attitdues of those invloved, both paid staff and volunteers. Everyone involved knows the importance of this service and gives willingly to see that clients are cared for. I look forward each week to helping out those in need of this service.

Sue_45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jeanie C., staff and volunteers make this a very special agency. All work hard to make the most of their resources. Friendly staff, efficient operation with the main focus always on the meal recipient. I am a volunteer who delivers meals. I am privledged to be able help them in their time of need. The recipients are truly grateful and appreciate the services provided to them. I feel honored that for a short time, they allow me to share their lives. The people that I have met have been truly a blessing in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

super staff and vounteers,jeanie campbell always greets me on the phone with a cheerful hello and is very appriciative of the volunteers and never lets you forget it.it has become a family affair my wife (when not working)assist me as well as my 3 children when they are not in school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer Meals on Wheels driver, and a business person, I am impressed with the efficiency of this organization. The staff are constantly looking for ways to improve quality and reduce costs. For a very low cost they are able to deliver high quality, nutritious food to clients, and create a positive experience for volunteers. Anderson County Meals on Wheels is a national model for cost-effective meal preparation and delivery. ACMOW makes our community healthier and a better place to live.

Barry10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer to deliver Meals to the elderly and shut-ins in and around Williamston. I am fortunate that I am able to carry middle school students with me to deliver these meals. We deliver every Monday and the smiles and joys expressed on the faces of our recipients are so pleasing. However, nothing can replace the comments the children make upon completing their volunteer session. They constantly tell me: "That was awesome." "I really like being able to help others." "Thanks for taking me." “It’s so sad, but I am glad I could bring a little joy to..."
Meals on Wheels is a great organization and it’s volunteers deliver nutritious meals and smiles daily.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a MOW volunteer in Anderson, SC. The MOW organization in Anderson is a GREAT place to volunteer. The people that I volunteer with are really great to work with. We always have a fun time and have developed into a very "speedy" group. Also, the management and staff at MOW in Anderson are very helpful, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. I really enjoy my time spent working, and it enables me to "give back" to our local community.

Jodie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My work group has done a Meals on Wheels route in Greenville County before having to change to a route in Anderson County. I really enjoy working with the staff in Anderson. They are really friendly. The staff works with any scheduling issues and really let us tailor the delivery to suit our availability. We even have volunteered to serve at fundraising spaghetti dinners, which was great for teambuilding.

Larry16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer in the role of bookkeeping for a couple of weeks and I was astounded at the amount of work that goes on with so little staff. Fortunately, there are hundreds of volunteers that make this Organization unlike any I have seen and I have have seen a lot of them. They have quite a large budget and 100% of the income is from their Fundraisers and contributions from the Community at large. They do not receive any State or Federal funding and this is by choice of the local Board of Directors. The vast majority of the income is spent on food purchases which are supplemented by local donations of food. They currently serve between 400 and 500 meals per day, making sure that their client's needs are met such as those on special diets for diabetes, etc.. This is no easy task and my hat is off to the Director and her Staff for the great job that they do along with all of the dedicated volunteers that really make it work.

LindaSp

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Delivering meals to Meals on Wheels folks is a pleasure and a necessary service. Talking to these people is a welcome opportunity to them and me, and a smile is the biggest reward. In addtion, I get to help in other ways, such as working to get additional services provided where needed. Getting the SC state program to provide recorded books to a person with limited vision is an example. Anderson Meals on Wheels is a vital service to our community, and works well with other local organizations to get food to needy people at a low cost.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to do something meaningful for the community, but without all the hoopla associated with most non profits. The staff at MOW makes volunteering a real pleasure. No pressures, no hassles, just how can we help you help us. Every organization should and could use the Anderson MOW as a role model. M. Richardson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels not only does an unbelievable job serving hundreds of home bound people each day, it continues to recruit individuals of all ages from local residences, business', schools, etc. to volunteer on a daily basis to serve and deliver meals. You not only build a friendship amongst fellow volunteers but also with the individual's you deliver meals to. There is such a feeling of family among all. Meals on Wheels also takes the time to acknowledge its volunteers with an annual luncheon giving rewards to volunteers that have been giving so much of their time over the years. You really must visit the Meals on Wheels facility to appreciate the overall mechanics of this charitable operation and the people who work there daily to make it happen. They are to be commended. Thank You.

'Linda C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An employee of Anderson Meals on Wheels and I have become friends through another family member. Having learned and watched the amount of time & work that she gives to this program is amazing and very rewarding to my heart. It is her love for others, to go above and beyond her call of duty, many times, because she is decided to serving the clients as if each and every one is the only one she & her staff are preparing a meal for. The personal touch from Jeanie Cochran is unbelievable for the large amount of homebound requiring a hot meal. Meals on Wheels-Anderson is a well greased wheel that keeps on running, getting those meals out to the ones in need.

April18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen the difference Meals on Wheels makes in the lives of the people we serve. Our drivers deliver so much more than just a meal - they deliver hope, friendship and a better day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only started delivering meals in Aug. 2011, but I have already gain a deep understanding of the need in our community for this organization. The people I deliver to are most appreciative of not just the hot meal but of our time devoted to their cause. In some cases it is the only human contact they have during the day. These programs have to continue to succeed for the people they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There's nothing better than helping out those that need it. I enjoy volunteering for MOW, there's a strong sense of community as we pack up to head out for our deliveries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love delivering meals, packing meals and desserts and helping in any other way that I can to assist Meals on Wheels. Everyone is great to work with and truly concerned about the people who need a meal delivered. The kitchen staff really get along well, they are always laughing and joking with each other which, to me, shows that they really enjoy where they work. The entire staff at Meals on Wheels is friendly and involved and it's a joy and a privilege to volunteer with such dedicated people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gained so many new friends as a driver for MOW. The people on my route have become part of my family, and I am honored that they have allowed me to be part of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughter who is now 22 years old was 2 years old I had an opportunity to volunteer at one of the local schools. I volunteered till she graduated from the elementary school. I also volunteered for Anmed health for few years. But I have been volunteering for this organization since 2004. I really love doing this from the bottom of my heart. If for some reason I need to go on vacation on the day I volunteer, I feel sad because I will not be able to see my recipients. I will keep on serving meals till I live in this area. Once I was delivering the meal and the recipient open the door in winter and the house temperature was very hot. I was kind of burning, so I asked the recipient if you want me to change the temperature because his eyesight was not good and couldn't see small numbers on thermostat and he said come on in and set it right. I couldn't believe my eyes because it was set on 85 degrees. I asked him and set it on 74 degrees. Recently couple weeks back one elderly recipient, who is by herself had a similar kind of problem. I starting smelling gas as soon as she opened the door to get the meal from me and I asked is everything okay and then she asked me if I could come inside and look, then I saw she had a huge gas heater which was warming her cozy home. She said when I turn on it smells for a little bit of time.
This organization changes your route every now then because they get new recipients every day. I do miss my old recipients, but I can see many new recipients. These recipients love to talk to all volunteers and thank you so many times. In short, I am blessed with this opportunity to serve my community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor and pleasure of working as a volunteer for the MOW Anderson organization for the past three and one half years. Although serving the recipients is the primary reason for my association with MOW, working with the staff is an unexpected bonus. It is amazing how they go out of their way to accommodate any request. These outstanding professionals truly bring the spirit of service to everything they do. They have an often difficult and demanding job, but always maintain a cheerful and fraternal attitude. My small contribution is dedicated to the wonderful staff and volunteers who make every day a better day for those less fortunate or in need of assistance. Thank you Anderson MOW.

Michael Richardson