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Meals On Wheels Of Mercer County, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Human Services, Meals on Wheels, Nutrition, Philanthropy, Senior Centers, Seniors, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Meals on Wheels of Mercer County is a comprehensive nutrition program committed to providing nutritious meals and related services which are designed to promote the independence, dignity, health and wellbeing of our homebound participants​.

Target demographics: feed the homebound

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 individuals with 80,000 meals

Geographic areas served: Mercer County

Programs: We deliver meals to homebound individuals in the Mercer County area with the help of a large group of committed volunteers. Participants may receive one hot meal, and an additional cold meal per day, Monday through Friday (holidays are excluded). A limited number of weekend meals are also available to weekday meal recipients. As a comprehensive nutrition program, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County also offers nutrition counseling and education, shelf-stable groceries once a month, 'Blizzard Bags" for inclement weather, and pet food for our recipients' furry companions We currently deliver meals in East Windsor, Ewing, Hightstown, Princeton, Trenton, West Windsor, and specific areas within Hamilton and Lawrence.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization comprised of dedicated hardworking people. It is a privilege to volunteer alongside these compassionate individuals and to bring food and company into the homes of so many housebound lonely clients. I am told again and again by the clients how grateful they are for the Meals on Wheels deliveries. Great job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the MOW of Mercer Co. has been very rewarding. They exhibit professional friendliness, efficiency and an attitude of Service. I serve as a driver and have a rider. The compatibility of our team is awesome. It is a pleasure to serve and work with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, son and myself have been volunteering for a year and half to Meals on Wheels. We believe in this organization: It it helps others in a significant way. The org is well organized; people are kind and you as a food deliverer are greeted with such gratitude. We are grateful for this Meals family organization.

Ann F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals are appetizing and sealed for freshness. Volunteers are eager to help each other and those they deliver to. They actually enjoy what they do which is not so in other organizations! Organized and HIPPA compliant paperwork. I am happy to be a part of this group!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County always delivers. Always. With fluctuating demand day-to-day and month-to-month, they always meet the need of the participants, delivery nourishing meals - always with a smile!

gdadamo

Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County (MOWMC) has continued to provide nutritious meals to its participants throughout the pandemic. It has kept its employees, volunteers and clients safe while serving meals to community members who are homebound. MOWMC began a weekly check in by phone with all of its participants, with volunteers eagerly filling that role - particularly those who decided to step back from physical meal delivery for their own health reasons. They tried to pair volunteers with participants whom they already had an established relationship with prior to the pandemic. The participants loved hearing from their friends who previously delivered them their meals. I cannot say enough good things about this organization and I am so happy to be serving on its Board.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County (MOWMC) for over twenty years. I have seen this organization go from treating the city of Trenton to the county of Mercer. The staff and volunteers of MOWMC are dedicated to ensure nutritious meals are served to the participants in the program. I am very proud of the work of this organization and will continue to support this organization in any way I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic cause and a great way to give back to the community. The program is very well coordinated and run. It is easy to volunteer and they have a very good training and support for the volunteers. I encourage others to get involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Meals on Wheels it has been such an enriching experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Delivered daily meal to client and he said his car needed a jump start. I had jumper cables and was able to jump his car and get it started. He was beyond appreciative and happy.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For about 7 years I have been happy to drive meals to clients, despite my moving across the county and and being an at-risk person [age 79] during this challenging pandemic. Very flexible assortment of good people who keep innovating procedures and streamlining information sharing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals On Wheels is such a caring & vital organization. It not only provides food & nutrition to their clients, it also provides socialization and safety check ins. The clients look forward to the interaction and appreciate having the meals prepared and delivered to them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch with such a wonderful caring approach to feeding seniors and providing them with care and kindness.

Anna D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer during Covid-19. I find all the staff and other volunteers to be caring and attentive to all participants. I thoroughly enjoy my time here and will now volunteer long term instead of only temporarily.

Susan B.11

Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County is vital to our community feeding both the body and the soul.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels is one of the best run organizations I have ever had the privilege of volunteering for. Logistically, it is unbelievably well organized... they think of everything and they map out the routes perfectly. Most of all, however, it's the service you are providing... to see the smiles of gratitude and appreciation on the clients' faces is worth every trip. Particularly during this difficult time when many have been sheltered and alone, this is a wonderful opportunity through a fantastic organization to spread a little love!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I started volunteering with Meals Oh Wheels of Mercer upon retiring in the summer of 2017. For three years I was the server/runner(person who took the meal to the residence) and rode with many different volunteers. It was a wonderful experience getting to know the other volunteers; many of them drove long distances to our pick-up location to start their route. Six months ago a friend from church decided to work with me and we have been doing the same route together ever since. It's been fun seeing the people we deliver meals to. We not only deliver a meal to them, we also provide pet food for those who have a dog or cat. Research has shown some clients with limited income would give some of their food to their pet and go hunger themselves! At Christmas time local gardening groups make small plant decorations that we take to our clients. That always brings lots of smiles to our clients' faces!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Meals on Wheels Mercer for over 14 years and continue to as enthusiastic as I was the first year. Staff have been great, the program excellent and the meals always getting better. The support for seniors and other homebound clients is not only needed BUT greatly appreciated by all the recipients- you can see it on all their faces when we deliver.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with MOW of Mercer County has been great!
I have had the honor of meeting people that I would not have come in contact with in any other way. One of the best parts about this opportunity is that I can see that people are all the same, when it comes to helping neighbors. The community members in the area I deliver to, greet me with a smile, and are helpful, even in the poorest of communities.
The staff with MOW are friendly, and I feel very supported. The volunteer sign up system is very easy to use.
I would highly recommend working with Mercer County Meals on Wheels.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been impressed by the dedication of the staff and other volunteers; and more importantly by the "thank you's" I get when delivering meals. Nearly every single person I deliver to is so grateful to have this service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been delivering for Meals on Wheels for about four months. The organization is very well organized. All of the meals we deliver are properly labeled with client's names and address. Meals are packed in order of deliveries for efficient distribution.The MOW staff is friendly, helpful and has great communication skills. Most of all I enjoy seeing the recipients on a regular basis. They are friendly and grateful.

Matthew M.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County Is the best run team and it comes with smiles from those you server !

Brandon G.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

A fantastic, local organization offering “more than just a meal!”

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County cares for the homebound residents of our community by providing hot and nutritious meals. In addition, they provide supplemental food for participant pets! Volunteering with their organization is a great way to connect with senior and homebound members of the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I actually used Meals on Wheels many, many years ago when my adult child needed some daily nutrition in her own home. People think of Meals on Wheels just for "old" people, but we deliver to all ages who need this assistance. As a result of seeing the process work, I have volunteered for Meals on Wheels probably over ten years as a substitute driver. My partner and adult child help me most of the time with the actually delivering of the meals. This has become a family affair because we all believe in the mission of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is very well managed and the food from Rider University looks appetizing. The Meals on Wheels staff is very friendly and they communicate well with me. The families or individuals we deliver to are extremely grateful and so am I for all their hard work on the communities behalf.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I entered a stop that I had for a while I discovered my elderly client on the floor. She could talk and appeared to be ok. I called 911 then called MOW and tried to contact my client’s Neighbor, which she asked me to do. The EMS came right away and surveyed the house and checked the refrigerator to ensure she was not being abused.
The EMS got her seated but she refused to go to the hospital.

If it had not been for MOW , who knows how long my client would’ve been on the floor.

I have also reported clients who appear to need more assistance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been serving with Meals on Wheels for the past year and has shared some incredible stories with me. I am always so proud to hear about what he has done and what Meals on Wheels provides daily to so many people. It is important that we recognize the good in our community and I love that my son has the opportunity to serve with an organization as dedicated and passionate about their members as this one.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Meals on Wheels has enabled me to bring joy and food to so many people. I have always wanted to do community service but have never had the time. Now that I am retired I like to dedicate several hours per week to making a difference in someone's life. I have met so many amazing participants and volunteers and have heard some inspiring and interesting stories along the way. I am so thankful there is an organization like this here to help and that I get to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with Meals on Wheels of Mercer County (MoWMC) two and a half years ago via the Bonner Scholars Program at The College of New Jersey. The focus of MoWMC is to provide home-bound neighbors with food via a network of local volunteers.
Food distribution is just one of the many services that Meals on Wheels provides though. Volunteers helps to combat social isolation by delivering meals and interacting with participants. I have seen the positive effects of this first hand. One of the most moving experiences I have had while serving with MoWMC was when I was delivering meals during a snowstorm with a team of Bonners. All of the participants met us with heartfelt thank yous, blessings, and made us promise to get back to school safely. Seeing how appreciative each person was to see us at their door with chattering teeth and snow speckled grocery bags of food made trekking out in the storm worth every chilly minute.
Aside from delivering food, serving with MoWMC has taught me about the gravity of food insecurity and the importance of community. By drawing volunteers from across the county to serve participants from across the county, MoWMC lifts the boundaries between us to create one cohesive, nourished community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Mercer Meals on Wheels, I am impressed by how well organized I find this organization to be. The meals are prepared on time, the corresponding paperwork in proper order and driving directions always on target.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My third year delivering for MOWMC, and this organization is run beautifully. Everyone does a wonderful job from the executive director on down, and the non-profit runs like a well-oiled machine. Couldn't be happier to help out for this terrific cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on wheels of Mercer county is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I used it for my dad for many years and it was a lifesaver for him. My husband and I now volunteer our services once a week to bring Meals to so many wonderful people. In a few cases we probably are the only visitors they have all day. I feel we are helping not only to serve the meals, but keep communication open in the event that they are not feeling well or up to par. These lovely people also make our day! They are always grateful and eager to share their smile and warmth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By delivering hot and cold food on a daily basis, Meals on Wheels provides a vital service to those unable to provide for themselves. As a volunteer I have been privileged to participate in this unique service. We deliver food that is nutritious and often geared specifically to meet the dietary needs of the individuals involved, e.g. lactose free, gluten free etc. We try to be cheerful and supportive to people who are often alone and lonely and respond positively to the personal interaction which our deliveries bring to them.