Bloomington Meals on Wheels began in 1973 through the dedication and foresight of a few area women from the Local Council of Women who saw the need for nutritious low cost meals to be delivered directly to the homebound throughout the city of Bloomington. Through sheer tenacity and private funds, the first meals were delivered on February 18, 1974 to 4 clients by 3 volunteers. In less than a year, the organization operated 4 routes within the Bloomington city limits.Today Meals on Wheels operates 7 routes with the capacity to serve 84 and has over 200 volunteers delivering more than 1000 meals a month to those unable to prepare food independently due to illness, accident or disability.Through the support of both Bloomington Hospital and Meadowood Retirement Community nutritious meals are offered to clients at an affordable cost. Volunteers donate their time and their vehicles to deliver meals Monday through Friday.For 36 years, Meals on Wheels was operated solely by volunteers. In August 2010, Kathy Romy was hired as the first paid Executive Director of the program. Romy will oversee the daily operations of the organization, including increasing exposure of the organization’s mission to the community. A partnership with Bloomington Hospital Foundation was forged in 2010 to lend annual fundraising support. Funds raised will assist Meals On Wheels to expand their programming to include eligible clients unable to pay for the service.In July 2012, a 7th delivery route was established – our first expansion since 1996.
MOW celebrated its 40th year of service in 2013, and marked the occasion with several events and celebrations throughout the year, including being honored with the Be More Healthy Award from the Bloomington Volunteer Network and Be More Awards.