Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide daily, home delivered nutritious meals and the comfort of friendship to homebound senior and disabled residents in Salem County. Our vision is to be the community leader & provider ending senior hunger in Salem County. We are located at 90 Market Street, Salem NJ.
Meals on Wheels of Salem County began delivery on September 6, 1977. Meals were served to 15 clients. The first month, 150 volunteers served 324 meals prepared by Elmer Community Hospital. Funding was provided by a grant from the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders and seed money from the United Way of Salem County. Anne Henky served as director until her retirement in 1991. Sharron Sparks Boyle held the position of director the following 19 years until she retired in 2009. The Board then hired Peg Marshall (right), who currently serves as director.
Each year, Meals on Wheels delivers between 35,000 and 40,000 meals to clients throughout Salem County. Meals are currently made by the helpful staff at Ranch Hope. Our network of volunteers donate about 62,000 miles and over 5,000 hours of time annually. More than 250 volunteers serve meals and about 100 more provide support to Meals on Wheels by helping with events, office work and other needs. Volunteer driving is a small commitment, with big rewards. Drivers deliver 1 time every 4 weeks, for about 1 to 2 hours.
Meals on Wheels receives funding in part from Salem County Office on Aging grants: Title III of the Older Americans Act, a Social Service Block Grant, State Home Delivered Meals, and State Weekend Home Delivered Meals (casino revenue). Additional funding sources include Salem Health & Wellness Foundation, United Way of Salem County, FEMA, local churches, private donations, client donations and fundraising events.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Meals on Wheels is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of local community leaders. These leaders include:
Chairperson – Staci Dempsey, Dempsey, Weiss & Associates
Vice Chairperson – Rebecca Call, The Arc of Salem County
Treasurer – Bill Masten, Pennsville National Bank
Secretary – Helen Townsend, Fulton Bank of New Jersey
Don Asay – Mannington Township Committeeman
Laura Bider – Chase Bank
Patrick Bomba- Retired, Bechtel
Rita VanEck – Retired, Siegfried USA, LLC
Mary Wilson – Community Member