Since 1954, Meals on Wheels has positively impacted the lives of 2.5 million seniors. The organization focuses on alleviating hunger, providing companionship, and helping elders maintain their independence. The cost of participating in the program for one year is comparable to the expense of seven days in a nursing facility. In fact, statistics indicate that 83 percent of participants have experienced better health. Additionally, 86 percent of Meals on Wheels clients note that the routine visits from the organization make them feel more secure.
With the population of seniors expected to double by 2050 (from 57 million in 2010), the nonprofit relies on public support to continue its mission of providing nutritious meals to older generations. Advocates can volunteer time to prepare and deliver meals. In addition, safety check and administrative duties are available. Monetary donations are also appreciated. A $35 contribution funds a week of healthy meals and safety checks, which allows clients to remain in their homes without loved ones fearing for their well-being.