Meals on Wheels has been in Columbia, Missouri for over 40 years.
We are locally funded agency and receive funds from the City of Columbia. With only 1¾ staff members, we rely on volunteers every day. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday at noontime. Between 11 a.m. and Noon the meals are ready for pickup and delivery usually takes less than an hour.
Volunteers deliver an average of seven hot meals. Between 100 and 120 meals are delivered each day. A written instruction sheet is provided each day with directions to each home. A cooler is also provided as well as close parking at the Veterans Hospital where Meals are prepared. Training is conducted the first day as well as a ride along with an experienced volunteer. Substitute volunteers are called 2-3 times a month and regular drivers are scheduled once a week.
Why Volunteer for Meals on Wheels?
Volunteers enjoy flexibility and regular volunteers do not have to find their own substitutes. An optional gathering time before delivery includes snacks and conversation with other volunteers.
The satisfaction of helping others in a face to face situation is the reason most volunteer. All ages are welcome. We have preschoolers coming with their mothers, students, working professionals, retirees and stay at home moms – all volunteer weekly.
You can deliver alone or with a friend, relative or spouse. A vehicle, insurance and valid driver’s license are required. It takes over 100 volunteers each week and we currently have an additional 70 trained as substitutes.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Executive Director JoNetta Weaver, who trains and works with volunteers. She will be in contact with you.
Thanks for your interest, and for your continuing support!
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Meals on Wheels of Columbia, Inc. is to assist individuals with problems related to nutrition and health, by providing delivery of a hot nutritious meal to home-bound people of any age, people with limited ability or incentive to shop or cook, and people recovering from recent hospitalization regardless of their ability to pay.