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Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels

Mission: "Nourishing bodies and spirits with balanced meals and friendship."

Target demographics: We help people live happier, healthier, more independent lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: Lasy year we prepared over 134,000 meals to those who are sick or homebound

Geographic areas served: Albuquerque Metro Area

Programs: By providing hot, healthy, home delivered meals straight to their doors along with a friendly face and a wellness check.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm so proud and honored to be on the board of this amazing organization. With the help and coordination of over 400 volunteers, over 13,000 meals were served last month to people of various ages and income.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always impressed with the efforts made, for the recipients of this home delivered meal service. There is much more than meets the eye from this non profit . With a kind and caring that goes the extra mile.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a truly great organization doing amazing work to make a difference in our community!

Abby H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping deliver meals on routes for MoW has been a fun and rewarding experience. The organization is extremely well organized and those who participate make it easy to see that they truly believe in the work they do. I great organization that deserves your support!

Jamie M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to be able to see the joy on the client’s faces when you bring their afternoon meal. Meals on Wheels enriches the lives of their clients by providing food and friendship. They even feed the pets, which is so appreciated by the clients. Nobody goes hungry with Meals on Wheels!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1972 my mother and her friend, Bev Geck, attended a women's summit and learned about Meals on Wheels in other states. They came back to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, enlisted some friends and the ok to use the church kitchen. Immediately that group began making 8 meals a day for some elderly homebound folks. Well, the idea caught on. Bev became the first Executive Director, and, later, my mom became the first Volunteer Coordinator, serving as a paid employee then volunteer for over 30 years. My mother passed away this summer, but I'm happy to say I continue the family commitment by driving a route. Now the program has grown from 8 to over 500 meals delivered every day! I love Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque and the wonderful clients who we are privileged to visit with every week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I just wanted to say that Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is a wonderful and much needed service to the community. I myself did not have a great deal of food in my home when I was growing up. Because of meals on wheels at my local park I was able to eat some good food, and the people were always so nice. I still remember their smiles :). Between that and a free lunch program at school was how I got most of my food as a younger kid. Thank you so much Meals on Wheels! I am now a successful engineer, husband, and dad to two wonderful sons! You make a difference! Keep feeding those young kids! It really helps!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s a blessing to so many! And a blessing for the volunteers! Our clients are part of our family! Monday mornings are one of my very favorite days.

1 Cecillia Dohrn R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful, caring organization. Volunteers deliver delicious daily food and friendship.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals On Wheels of Albuquerque is phenomenal in its efforts to provide nourishing meals This organization provides real on-the- ground results, particularly for housebound seniors/veterans, Meals on Wheels is funded entirely from private donations. There are no no state or federal funding sources. With 450+ volunteers, it is a true community organization and resource, addressing hunger, nutrition, and quality of life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am amazed at how many meals are served and how many volunteers share their time to get the meals delivered.

Awesome organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is the only food delivery nonprofit organization that serves adult populations of any age for any reason. People that cannot prepare their own meals and are homebound. There are some different diets and preparations according to a balanced dietary program. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to serving a vulnerable and often overlooked population!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque for 3 years. It is a great organization that provides a much needed service to those that are homebound and cannot afford decent meals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer who drives a route once a week and I am the husband of a volunteer who also volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque in many capacities including the Board of Directors. We also are donors to this very deserving nonprofit. The Executive Director is superior and the small staff are seriously dedicated and devoted to her. Still, there is a waiting list for grant funded people who need these services. Join us in assisting the homebound, most of whom are elderly.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to serve as one of the many in the army of volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque. The staff are a tremendous team who provide so much to the community. The organization prioritizes the mission and finding ways to grow, improve, and be efficient to maximize meals delivered since need greatly exceeds our current capacity. I'm humbled every time I stop to remember the difference we can bring to someone by supporting their health and safety with nutritious meals and friendship.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to support Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque. They help people of all ages live better lives. They supply food to those that cannot get it on their own. In fact, the meals are geared to meet the individual health needs of the client. The volunteers provide a friendly visit and are very caring. Meals on Wheels does not receive any State or Federal funding. That is why I feel it is so important to tell all those who are able to help support this worthwhile organization about the wonderful job they are doing and the benefits they offer to those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people you meet and the stories you hear will touch your heart and make you proud to be a part of this organization!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels continues to impress me. Until a few years ago, I was familiar with the name only, never the mission; scope of work and quite honestly the level of commitment demonstrated by the staff, volunteers, donors and recipients of Meals On Wheels. I am in awe of how many people and now animals Meals on Wheels helps on a daily basis! If it weren't for them, I feel we would have a real problem in our community with our elderly and home bound not getting the nutrition they need to live out their days. Not only that, the volunteers seem to provide solice and build a friendship with the people they deliver to. In some cases, the Meals on Wheels volunteers are the only social interaction the recipients of those meals have on any given day. They not only deliver meals, they deliver nutrition, friendship and hope. A great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque for over five years through their corporate VIP Program and have been delivering meals on the first Friday of the month since we started. I have been blessed to have met and cared for many wonderful people during this time. As a regular volunteer, you get the opportunity to meet and build relationships with some great people who are often in desperate need for not only the food you bring, but the friendship and time you have to offer them. I can honestly say that I am a much better person for having met and interacted with each and every person I've delivered to over the years. I thank Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque for being there to help all of the new friends I have made over the years. Without MOW and their tireless volunteers, I know many of these friends wouldn't be here today!

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Donor

Rating: 5

40 years ago as a teenager I delivered meals with my Mom and Grandmother in the summers and remember the impact those short visits had for the recipients. While the purpose is to serve a nutritious meal, the friendships that are developed are just as important, and long lasting. Today, there are so many folks who cannot afford a nutritious meal and often have to choose between eating and medication. Meals on Wheels has a program to help this group of folks in our Community. Meals on Wheels is a GREAT organization. We need to make sure they continue serving our Community.