The mission of Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins is to provide nutritious, hot noon meals and social interaction to seniors and eligible clients in their homes five days a week in the greater Fort Collins area.
At the core of Meals on Wheels is a nutritious hot meal, companionship, and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors.
Our agency was established in 1969 by a small group of concerned citizens. When they saw the Loveland/Berthoud Meals on Wheels begin their operations in 1969 (the first Meals on Wheels program west of the Mississippi), they realized that homebound residents in Fort Collins could also benefit from such a program. We have over 150 volunteers helping us bring hot meals and smiles to over 400 clients each year.
When the program began, the meals were prepared at the local Elks Club, and Mary Nittmann was hired as the first director. The need for the service quickly outgrew the Elks Club's small kitchen, to the point where Poudre Valley Hospital took over the meal preparation. Poudre Valley Hospital continues to be a vital partner in providing Meals on Wheels in the Fort Collins area.
From a friend of a MOW recipient: "Your meals are a lifesaver for him at this time."
From a sister of a MOW recipient: "Thanks for all you have done for my dear sister. She is eating well now."
From the son of a MOW client: "We can't thank you enough for what you have done for John. The nutritious food improved his health, visiting with the driver volunteers enriched his life, and the peace of mind to us was enormous....you made a big positive impact on his life and we are deeply indebted."
From a MOW client: "MOW supplies me daily with wonderful meals brought by the happiest lovely people that brighten every day."
From the daughter of a MOW client who passed away, sending a check: "My Mom would be very proud to help the many seniors struggling to make ends meet with a meal and visit from your awesome services."
From a MOW client: "Thank you to all of you who take such good care of us. Great food, friendly and caring volunteers who greet us five days a week. And for all who plan, coordinate and manage your endeavors.
From a MOW client: "Thank you to all of your at Meals on Wheels! From telephone contact, to those wonderful door to door volunteers, those 'meal designers' and those who prepare. You make our 'home bound" days much better!
From a MOW client's family: "Your meals on wheels made Jake's final year much nicer! He loved visiting with the wonderful volunteers, and I am sure the good food prolonged his life!"
From a MOW client: "Thank you all dear people with your generous hearts to help others!"
From a MOW client: "Thank you for the meals delivered to me at my home. The food was nourishing and tasty! All those that come to my home were friendly and always asked if I needed any errands to be done or how I was feeling. How generous of them!
To Meals on Wheels:
My name is Jane, my late mother received meals on wheels for many years and you all were just wonderful. I recommended you to my elderly second cousin, who is 83 and lives alone here in Fort Collins.
I just wanted to add a little background to his application. He has wanted to remain independent and on his own since moving here about 15 years ago. Until about a year ago he has done well, but he is getting unsteady on his legs and has had a fall and is having back problems. He has never cooked much and has always eaten out. He is now unable to drive much (and shouldn't) with both his back pain and just the inabilities from his advanced years.
This lack of being able to get out and his history of no food preparations has cause him to just nibble here and there and not gotten the necessary nutrition he should have. I have encouraged him to contact meals on wheels and he has dragged his feet just because he is so fiercely independent. But he has now decided to try!
Again, I appreciate all the years of love and service you all gave my mother. She thought so much of all of you and your kind services. You are truly a blessing to our seniors.
In appreciation and consideration,