Meals On Wheels
Fairfield County
Celebrating 50 Years

During the month of May, Meals on Wheels will kick off a six month campaign in celebration of the agency’s upcoming 5oth anniversary. A grand celebration will take place on the anniversary of the agency’s origination in November.

The original board of Fairfield County's Meals On Wheels organization

Sister Lucille Stewart and Board members from the early years of Fairfield County’s Meals on Wheels.

The agency was officially registered on November 14, 1973 with the filing of its Articles of Incorporation and designation as a 501c3, non-profit serving Fairfield County. The agency’s foundress, Sister Lucille Stewart, along with volunteers Dorothy LeSar and Thelma Dagger, worked diligently to develop a program to enable independent living and improved quality of life for older adults.

From its humble beginnings of providing bowls of hot soup to impoverished elderly women, to the county wide system of services currently offered, Meals on Wheels has grown and developed to become a reliable, consistent resource for older adults in need of nutritional and supportive services.

As the office on aging for Fairfield County, Meals on Wheels currently offers over 20 programs and services to ensure health, connection, and independence for older adults in Fairfield County.

Fairfield Community Meals on Wheels delivery van, circa 1975

Fairfield Community Meals on Wheels delivery van, circa 1975

The agency has experienced success in reaching thousands of older adults over the past 50 years due to the support of a caring community. Much gratitude goes to government officials, business community leaders, staff, Board members, volunteers, and donors. By working together, our community has offered a tremendous service to older adults living in Fairfield County by enabling the provision of meals, socialization, support, and care during a time in their lives when they needed a helping hand.

Young woman delivering meal to an elderly man

Meals On Wheels meal delivery

Over the next 6 months, the agency will celebrate with a variety of activities to commemorate this milestone in its history. Learn more about the history of Meals on Wheels Fairfield County.

Did you know Meals on Wheels Fairfield County provides more than meals?

The agency also provides supportive services to ensure health, connection, and independence for older adults living in Fairfield County. One of such services is minor home maintenance and modification for health and safety issues within the home. Older adults who need assistance with minor home repairs are connected with a Meals on Wheels care coordinator who will determine eligibility for the service. One approved for service, Meals on Wheels will assign a screened and qualified provider to complete the task.

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Meals on Wheels Fairfield County 50 Years logo

Meals on Wheels –Older Adult Alternatives of Fairfield County, a 501c3 private, non-profit, has been serving seniors throughout Fairfield County for 50 years by providing a comprehensive program of nutritional and related services which are adapted to the specific needs of Fairfield County residents, age 60 and over, who choose to retain independent living arrangements. The services provided by the agency include, but are not limited to home delivered Meals, congregate site meals, personal care/homemaking services, representative payee services, personal emergency response systems, Adult Daycare, minor home repairs, and adaptive medical equipment on loan. The agency’s offices and production facility are located at 1515 Cedar Hill Road in Lancaster.

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Anna Tobin, executive director of Meals on Wheels FAIRFIELD COUNTY

By Anna Tobin

Anna Tobin is the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Fairfield County and has over 17 years of experience in the management of countywide, non-profit, social service organizations.