Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, Inc. was organized in 1970 and funded by the Delaware Division of Aging in 1973. In its first year, this program delivered 16,609 meals to our areas homebound. By the end of the 1970s, more than 20,000 meals per year were being distributed. As client needs grew, the program expanded to include a holistic approach to providing services.
There is a misconception throughout the state that Eastern Sussex County is populated with only wealthy retirees, who remain forever youthful and healthy. Unfortunately, this is not so. Even a more than modest retirement account can be wiped out almost overnight when catastrophic and/or chronic illness comes to call. If you were to compare the cost of institutionalization with the cost of providing home delivered meals, you will surely see that the Meals on Wheels program is a cost effective alternative.
Our program grows at a rate of 3 – 6% per year in overall service, due to the advancing age of retirees and their increased susceptibility to life-threatening illnesses. In addition, we anticipate the same increase in the under 60 growth rate, due to the ever-growing numbers of disabled persons under the age of 60. Volunteers make this meal service possible.
Currently, Meals on Wheels has over 125 wonderfully dedicated, volunteers who make this distribution a reality. Each day, drivers, with their partners, deliver two meals to each client on one of thirteen routes in Sussex County, Delaware’s largest county. Client numbers being on the rise, recruitment of additional drivers is continuous. Click here to learn about volunteering.
We are an organization proud of our volunteer heritage, proud to stand on our own two feet so to speak. However, we are always accepting of any assistance offered to us by our caring community members and business associates. Without such help, Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, Inc. would not be in existence today.