Since 1969, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has worked to address the issues of food insecurity and social isolation that are risk factors for negative health outcomes among homebound older adults. Through nutritional and other programming, the organization works to empower seniors across the state to live healthier, safer and happier lives as they age with independence.
As an independent nonprofit, every dollar donated to us goes directly toward helping Rhode Island residents.
Our mission is to meet the nutritional and other special needs of older adults and other eligible populations in order to help them maintain their independent lifestyles.
A Rhode Island where all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.
Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island was established on Feb. 17, 1969 by founder Joe Brown (1924-2014) who saw an unmet need in his community to provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors.
With a small group of volunteers, he began delivering lunchtime meals to 17 seniors in Providence out of space donated by Grace Church, located in downtown Providence.
In 1972, an amendment to the Older Americans Act allowed great expansion of this new Home-Delivered Meal Program as well as the addition of new and much-needed services to serve homebound seniors statewide.
Within its first 10 years in operation, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island celebrated the delivery of its one millionth meal to a senior in need.
In 2019, the organization celebrated its 50th year and delivered its 19 millionth meal to a homebound senior. Also in 2019, the organization welcomed its fourth executive director, Meghan Grady, marking a new era of growth for Meals on Wheels of RI as it works to meet the needs of a growing senior population.
In 2020, we delivered more than 336,000 meals to 2,748 seniors through our Home-Delivered Meal Program. Another 605 seniors were served through the Capital City Café Program.
Over the years, much, of course, has changed at Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, but our mission remains the same—to help enable our state’s homebound older adults to remain living independently in their own homes by providing them with complete and nutritious meals, vital safety checks and critical opportunities for socialization.