Meals on Wheels


Meals On Wheels is a non-profit, volunteer community service for those who are temporarily or permanently unable to prepare adequate meals for themselves and who have no feasible alternative.

Meals On Wheels is dedicated to helping the disabled, aged, and ill; by supplying them with nourishing food at a nominal cost; by assuring them of a friendly interest; and by helping them remain self-sufficient at home.

Clients are eligible if they live in the city of Appleton or close to an established route and are referred their physician, the VNA, or social service agency.

The cost of the meal is determined by the meal distribution centers, which bill each client accordingly.  Clients pay only for the food costs.

Six King’s Daughters Circles of Appleton sponsors the volunteer portion of the program in cooperation with AMC and St. Elizabeth Hospital sponsoring the administration portion of the program.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, operating expenses are funded through the ThedaCare’s Community Benefits Program.  MOW is in no way government subsidized.  King’s Daughters began this MOW program in 1970 and provided volunteers and all operating expense through Jan. 1, 2009.  On Jan. 13, 2009, King’s Daughters gifted the Community Benefits Program over $7,000 for the benefit of MOW.

The six Appleton KD Circles take responsibility for one route each, finding and coordinating the volunteer drivers to deliver meals five days a week.  Volunteers drive with a partner at least once a month.  This involves over 250 volunteers per month.  Meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  There are six routes with no more than 12 meals per route.

The program is governed by a board made up of two members from each Circle and non-voting hospital staff representatives who coordinate the program.

Each year a new Circle comes on the MOW executive board by assuming the duties of secretary.  The out-going secretary takes over as chairman, and the out-going chairman becomes advisor in this third year of serving on the executive board. Rotation of Circles is as follows:  Infant Welfare, Genevieve Paulson, Charity, Benefit, Silver Cross, and Service of Appleton.  The duties turn over annually on March 1st .

January, 2009