So, you ask, what is Meals On Wheels of College Park?

Meals on Wheels of College Park Maryland is comprised of a team of doers who deliver meals to those who are unable to prepare food on their own within College Park, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Berwyn Heights and Adelphi, Maryland.

We are dedicated to providing seniors in our community with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be. This support is typically a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check.

We believe that the health and wellness of our elders is something that needs to be protected. That means ensuring that they receive the proper nutrition and food supplies.

Unfortunately, according to a study by Maryland Food Bank in 2018, nearly 15% of Maryland’s population (14.6%) is age 65 and older, and 5.5 percent of them are food insecure. This means that nearly 45,000 senior citizens in Maryland face hunger on a regular basis. While these numbers are below the national average, 1 in 20 seniors is far too many.

URGE CONGRESS TO DO MORE!

Each year, Meals on Wheels serves a smaller portion of the total senior population because funding fails to keep up with growing need. Together, we must urge Congress to adequately fund local Meals on Wheels programs to reach America’s vulnerable seniors. Let your congressman know that you volunteer with Meals on Wheels and see the need for more funding. They need to hear from people like you!

Meet our Amazing Team!

Lisa Ealley

Chairman

Maria Newsom

Secretary

Phil Newsom

Vice President

Mary Cook

Board Member

Frances Sutphen

Board Member

Christine Nagle

Board Member

Darryl Calloway

Board Member

Meet our Amazing Volunteers!

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHAT DOES MEALS ON WHEELS OF COLLEGE PARK DO?

We primarily provide nutritious meals, a quick safety check and much-needed human connection to homebound seniors.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

Unfortunately, according to a study by Maryland Food Bank in 2018, nearly 15% of Maryland’s population (14.6%) is age 65 and older, and 5.5 percent of them are food insecure. This means that nearly 45,000 senior citizens in Maryland face hunger on a regular basis. While these numbers are below the national average, 1 in 20 seniors is far too many.

WHO PAYS FOR THE MEALS?

The Older Americans Act pays for approximately one third of Meals on Wheels funding, while local communities and private resources generate the rest. These sources vary and include client payments, contributions from private donors, foundations and state and local governments.

Current funding levels, however, are inadequate and waiting lists are building. Therefore, the need to protect existing funding and create new funding streams is imperative.

WHO DO WE SERVE?

We serve loved ones, parents, grandparents, veterans and neighbors. Our primary demographic is older than 60 and, because of physical limitations or financial difficulties, struggle to shop for or prepare meals for themselves.

HOW DO I SIGNUP?

If you’re interested in signing up for yourself or a loved one, go to our Signup page.