About Us

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Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide home delivered nutritious meals and the comfort of friendship to home-bound 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 457 Shirley Road in Elmer, 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.

Each year, Meals on Wheels delivers between 35,000 and 40,000 meals to clients throughout Salem County. 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, FEMA, local churches, private donations, client donations and fundraising events.

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Meals on Wheels is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of local community leaders. These leaders include:

Chairperson –  Staci DempseyDempsey, Weiss & Associates
Co-Chair – Chelsea Haines – Inspira Medical Center
Treasurer – Helen Townsend – Fulton Bank of New Jersey
Secretary – Laura Bider – TD Bank
Lindsay HarmonTD Bank
Dr. Makeesa Johnson – Elderly HealthCare Consulting


  • Teresa Christoff – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Crystal Eckenroad – Finance Coordinator
  • Shannon Preen – Client Services Coordinator
  • Crystal Simpkins – Nutrition Distribution Assistant
  • Jennifer Straub – Food Service Assistant

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Please use the form below for general questions. Please use these links if you wish to contact us about: VolunteeringReceiving MealsDonations

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