• Meals at Home
  • January 29, 2015
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Meals on Wheels

Our Mission

Meals at Home fosters health and contributes to individual well-being and independence by delivering nutritious meals, medically prescribed diets, and providing other supportive services to the homebound, elderly, disabled and others temporarily unable to care for their nutritional needs.

Our History

In 1968, CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association) of Cook County and concerned citizens saw that numerous Evanston seniors, particularly those with limited incomes, needed nutritional support. They saw that many elderly were at risk of malnutrition.The group approached Sister Mary Alfreda Bracht, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Hospital, who arranged for the hospital kitchen to prepare meals for home delivery.

Volunteers were recruited and trained, delivery routes were laid out, and schedules drawn up.   Meals at Home’s first deliveries were made in October 1968 to residents of Evanston and adjacent areas of the City of Chicago.In 1975, residents of Wilmette expressed the need for home delivered meals, so additional volunteers were recruited, and Evanston Hospital’s kitchen began to prepare meals for residents of that village. In 1982, Kenilworth and Winnetka were added to MaH’s service area.

In subsequent years, East Glenview and East Northfield were covered and new kitchens were added to supply the meals.In 2002, a Friendly Visit program was added, and in 2012 a grocery shopping program in which Meals at Home volunteers purchase items such as paper products, breakfast foods, and similar items for clients.With the support of area churches and service organizations, over the years, the program has maintained an average of more than 300 volunteers.

We Serve

The Illinois communities of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, east Glenview, and east Northfield.

Call or email to request delivery 847-332-2678 or at  mealsathome@sbcglobal.net

From the President


Bob Roth delivering a Meals At Home “red bag” to a satisfied client.

I am very excited to become the president of the Meals at Home board. I am constantly impressed at the dedication of our volunteers. It amazes me to hear how many years some of our volunteers have been delivering meals to our clients; for a number of them, it’s decades, not years.
Meals at Home has undergone some important changes in the past year. Executive Director Debi Genthe has listed them in her report in the annual report in the middle of this newsletter.
We have expanded our office space, our staff, and our client base. Now we need to expand our volunteer base. Meals at Home is having a volunteer recruitment contest. Current volunteers will be entered into a raffle if they can sign up a new volunteer. Sign up more volunteers and get more entries! At the end of November, we will draw the winners’ names. Prizes are a $100 gift certificate to Found and a $25 gift certificate to The Noodle. I hope we can recruit another group of dedicated volunteers.
As we approach the upcoming holiday seasons, I am reminded of people who need our services. I am proud to be part of an organization that delivers meals to people who might not be able to cook for themselves or shop for groceries. We provide such an important service to our clients.

Bob Roth,
Board President


Bob Roth, President

Warren Lupel, Vice President

Thekla Metz, Treasurer

Eileen Yu, Secretary

Lora Gettleman, Member-at-Large

Katie Compernolle, Director

Sylvia Jones, Director

Mary Anne Diehl, Director

Dick Dublin, Director

Chris Hernandez, Director

Tom Jackson, Director

Joan Kerr, Director

Carol Lunkenheimer, Director

Emily Sharpe, Director

Connie Wood, Director

Richard Wood, Director

Many thanks to the vendors listed below for helping us serve a variety of meals to the people who need them.

Meals at Home thanks Capt'n Nemo's
Meals at Home thanks Jilly's Cafe
Meals at Home thanks Curt's Cafe
Meals at Home thanks Three Crowns Park

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