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We are a community based, non profit organization devoted to meeting the daily nutritional needs of any of our neighbors challenged by illness, disability or age.
Respecting our clients’ desire to live independently, our dedicated corps of caring volunteers home deliver two fresh meals each day, five days a week. Forced isolation is avoided; interpersonal relations between client and volunteer develop and individual freedom is supported.
It all began in 1974 when Barbara Russell, soon to be chair of the Chestnut Hill Community Association health committee visited Northwest Meals on Wheels in Germantown and saw how home delivered meals benefitted those who received them. She began a campaign for a Chestnut Hill route for people who wanted to remain in their homes as they got older or recuperated from illness or surgery. She was assisted by Mary Anna Ross, CHCA board member and paid Director of NWMOW.
In its ‘74-‘75 budget, the board of CHCA allocated $1,000 to get the program started in Chestnut Hill. With the help of John Golden, Vice President of General Services at Chestnut Hill Hospital, and Jack Francis, Head of Food Services, the program was given a home at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Two meals were delivered each day, Monday through Friday, for $14.
And while some things may have changed over the years, our service continued uninterrupted since that time. Next year we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary!