Every week day, our small team of part-time paid drivers and network of friendly volunteers deliver a nutritious and complete meal to 1,200 seniors and other homebound Rhode Islanders across the state. In addition to a meal, we are providing a vital safety check, that in many cases has saved lives, and offering our must vulnerable neighbors much-needed socialization that improves their quality of life.
And this is just some of what we do.
Media inquiries may be made to Rebecca Keister, Director of Development & PR, at (401) 351-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/16/21 What’s Up Newport “Rhode Island Foundation awards nearly $300,000 to nonprofits serving Newport County residents.”
5/27/21 Providence Business News “Grady ensures home-bound seniors are fed and safe”
5/10/21 GoLocalProv “RI Food Policy Council Names 11 New Members”
4/27/21 The Beacon, Merrimack College Student Newspaper “Social Justice Month is Full of Events and There is Still Some Time to Attend”
4/1/21 Associated Press “Hunger in America”
4/1/21 Associated Press “US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults”
3/27/21 The Newport Daily News “93-year-old Newport resident receives special Meals on Wheels delivery, visit from senator”
3/25/21 Cranston Herald “March for Meals”
3/24/21 The Valley Breeze “Seniors says Meals on Wheels was a ‘godsend’ during pandemic”
3/15/21 EastBayRI: Portsmouth “In Portsmouth: ‘It’s made life simpler for me'”
3/3/21 Woonsocket Call “Meals on Wheels of RI launches ‘March for Meals campaign'”
3/3/21 Pawtucket Times “Meals on Wheels of RI launches ‘March for Meals campaign”
11/20/20 RI non-profits: ‘Many looking for help this Thanksgiving’
10/29/20 The Rhode Show “Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island”
10/15/20 The Rhode Show “Festival of Meals in Full Swing!”
9/30/20 The Rhode Show “Meals on Wheels rolls on”
9/18/20 The Providence Journal “Women in Action: Meals on Wheels director Meghan Grady keeps Rhode Island’s seniors fed amid pandemic”
7/15/20 RI Monthly “Meals on Wheels Continues to Feed Seniors in Need With Your Help”
4/20/20 WPRI “Dunkin’ supports our heroes”
4/17/20 Wicked Local Dunkin’ announces $45k in grants to support local health…”
4/15/20 MassTransitMag “RIPTA announces assistance to Meals on Wheels”
4/14/20 PBN “Five Questions With: Meghan Grady”
4/14/20 Valley Breeze “Local organizations receive share of donations”
4/4/20 WPRI “Nesi’s Notes: April 4”
4/1/20 The Boston Globe “‘Knock it off’ T-shirts selling like clam cakes”
3/30/20 Portsmouth Press “21 Organizations to Receive First $500k of $1M Committed by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation”
Since Meghan Grady joined Meals on Wheels of RI as its fourth executive in June 2019, the organization has focused on modernization and community visibility to increase financial support and client service. Just eight months into her tenure, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in daily operations in order to continue program service without disruption. Under her guidance, the organization actually increased service throughout 2020, reaching up to an additional 2,500 Rhode Islanders in need per day above its usual 1,200 homebound seniors. Her leadership has been widely recognized across the Rhode Island media, including being named the 2021 Woman to Watch: Social Services for Providence Business News’ Business Women Awards.
In 2021, Grady and the Meals on Wheels of RI board of directors will engage in a strategic planning process that will align organization and fundraising goals across the next several years to prepare for a period of service growth.
Grady previously was chief operating officer at YWCA Rhode Island and held leadership positions within the City of Providence during Mayor Angel Taveras’ administration and at the American Heart Association.
Kevin Millonzi was elected as chair of the board of directors in June 2019, after joining the board in fall 2017.
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Millonzi has been active in the Rhode Island restaurant and catering for more than 20 year, and established Millonzi’s Fine Catering and Millonzi’s Kitchen Bar, both located in West Warwick, in 2011. Millonzi Fine Catering is the exclusive food service provider for the Galilee Beach Club Association, a private club and banquet facility in Narragansett.