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Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.

Metro Meals on Wheels with our program partners leads the effort to ensure that individuals in our community receive nutritious meals and the human connection they need to enable them to live independently.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 8/30/2012
1200 Washington Ave S #380
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612)623-3363
Fax: (612)331-9401
Other Names Used Metro Meals on Wheels
EIN 31-1501057
Principal Staff Patrick Rowan, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 8.5
Number of Volunteers 65
Number of Clients Served 4,500
Affiliations Twin Cities Hunger Initiative Partnership to End Hunger Meals on Wheels Association of America
Tags / Keywords Disabilities, Aging Adult Services, Hunger
General Information
Board Chair Byron Laher
Number of Board Members 17
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 9.33
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Capacity Building • Helped partners deliver over 1.2 million meals to more than 8,600 clients in the Twin Cities. • Provided over $165,000 in grants and scholarships. • Convened member trainings as part of our Program Capacity Initiative. • Expanded accounting and technology services to members. • Organized the “Blizzard Box Blitz” that resulted in 7,000 emergency meals to 3,500 Meals on Wheels recipients. • Developed weekly communications to member programs. Volunteer Recruitment • Referred over 1421 potential clients and 778 volunteers to local programs. • Partnered with Doing Good Together to create a family-friendly volunteer section on our website to build the next generation of Meals on Wheels volunteers, donors and advocates. • Collaborated with the MN Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) to design and conduct a custom training. • Hosted “Meals on Heels” event that exposed a younger generation of volunteers to Metro Meals on Wheels. Community Awareness • Designed a newsletter template, referral kit and brochure for member programs to assist with community outreach and marketing. • Actively engaged with peer groups working on hunger and senior issues including the Partnership to End Hunger, the Senior Nutrition Task Force, and the Minneapolis Senior Citizens Advisory Council to advance messages concerning seniors and the homebound. • Partnered with media outlets to increase awareness around the need for Meals on Wheels programs and volunteers.
Current Goals
1) Outreach -- expanding the reach of Meals on Wheels to new generations of volunteers and all the seniors and people with disabilities who could benefit from the daily delivery of hot, nutritious meals. Activities will focus on: a) redesigning our website to improve functionality for ordering meals, mobile technologies and social media communication; b) developing and continuing existing demographic-specific volunteer recruitment strategies and trainings for member programs (ex. Baby Boomers, Families, Young Professionals) , and ; c) implementing targeted marketing strategy using recommendations from General Mills consulting volunteers. 2) Sustainability -- ensuring members have the capacity to meet the changing needs of their clients. Activities will include: a) identifying best practices in categories relevant to Meals on Wheels programs (ex: Meal Delivery, Fundraising, Volunteer Management, Data, Governance); b. developing Member (Self) Assessment Tool that evaluates where each member program falls within best practice categories and develop consistent data collection systems among the membership; 3) Collaboration -- building community connections and highlighting the key role Meals on Wheels plays in helping seniors and people with disabilities remain independent. Activities include: a. Developing partnerships with academic institutions to conduct research projects that provide evidence of the benefits Meals on Wheels programs provide; b) working with member programs to develop more consistent menu offerings and pricing to be able to better represent Meals on Wheels to public; c) continuing to build advocacy work with member programs, volunteers and clients to educate our elected officials on the important role of Meals on Wheels.
Community or Constituency Served
Meals on Wheels providers, volunteers, and recipients
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities Metro
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $494,760 81.2%
Management: $37,382 6.1%
Fundraising: $77,029 12.6%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $291,119 $254,938 $222,962
Beginning of Year $254,938 $222,962 $190,385
Difference $36,181 $31,976 $32,577
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $291,119
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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