The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization created to increase public awareness and generate contributions to support the services provided by Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association (CNNSSA).
The Foundation seeks support for the funding of Community Cafes and home delivery of meals to eligible older adults in Cook, Grundy, and Kendall counties in Illinois.
In order to create new revenue support for CNNSSA’s expansion into the collar counties, additional subsidiaries of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois were created.
The CNNSSA staff in each of these counties work to raise resources for the programs in that particular county. Funds raised in these counties for the nutrition programs remain in those counties to support the local needs of older adults living there.
The Meals on Wheels Foundation (MOWF) was created in 2001 as the fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness arm of Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association.
In 2005, Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association began serving seniors in Grundy and Kendall Counties as well as in suburban Cook County. Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association is now one of the largest senior meal providers in the nation.
Throughout these three counties, where service is provided, there are nine Community Cafes and nine sites that serve as meal distribution hubs for the Home-Delivery program. Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association has expanded the Home-Delivery program so some older adults receive meals seven days a week as needed. Each older adult who receives Home-Delivered meals also receives at least three shelf stable meals at the beginning of each winter in case inclement weather prevents a volunteer from making it to their door.