This endowment will help to contribute to the ongoing mission of delivering warm, nutritious meals to the elderly, ill and handicapped in the Greater Beloit Area, along with furnishing needed services and information to promote dignity and independence.
The Beloit Meals On Wheels, Inc. program was established in 1971 by a dedicated group of community volunteers and health care professionals (including the VNA, Red Cross and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church) to answer an unmet need for meals for those home-bound community members who were unable to cook for themselves, or had no one to accomplish that task. Since day one, the program has delivered meals to the home-bound elderly, ill and handicapped in the Grater Beloit area… seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays.
For the first seventeen years of the program’s operation, it was totally managed by volunteers. In 1987, the first part-time program coordinator was hired to oversee the agency operations in an effort to assuage an aging volunteer board, as well as provide consistent financial management and client accessibility to services. The current Executive Director was hired in 1989, part-time. Over the years, the program has grown functionally from four small delivery routes to nine delivery routes, a dedicated route at Rock Bay Harbor apartment complex, (delivered by Beloit Clinic employees), and most recently, the creation of a frozen meal delivery option.