• Organization: Meals on Wheels of Northern Virginia, Inc.
  • Service: Two meals delivered to clients, Monday through Friday.
  • Clients: Homebound, Arlington County, VA residents.
  • Cost: $49 per week or $206 per month for clients able to pay fully. Subsidy readily available for clients unable to pay fully.
  • Staffing: Volunteers (drivers are needed).
  • Data:
    • Telephone answering service: 703-522-0811
    • Mailing address: Meals on Wheels; P O Box 40203; Arlington, VA 22204-7203.
    • E-mail address:
    • Web site:
    • Food distribution site: First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Virginia; 601 North Vermont Street; Arlington, VA 22203
GENERAL Meals on Wheels of Northern Virginia, Inc. (MOW) made its initial delivery on January 4, 1971 to three clients. Following years' of growth, MOW incorporated in Virginia in February 1984 "…for charitable purposes, namely, carry on the business of providing meals to homebound individuals who, due to age, illness, or other distress, are confined and unable or willing to secure sustenance themselves…" In July 1984, MOW became exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3). MOW is not affiliated with a parent organization or an umbrella fund-raising endeavor. MOW serves only Arlington County residents. Residents in surrounding jurisdictions are served by other organizations.

CLIENTS MOW's clients vary in age, race, sex and their ability to pay for MOW service. Clients are usually homebound due to a long term handicap or because of short term convalescence. Clients with sufficient income pay the amount that their food costs MOW. Clients with limited income pay according to their means; MOW arranges a subsidy to meet the cost of the food. The ability to pay has no bearing on a person's eligibility for service. Meals are delivered to each client about noon, Monday through Friday. A delivery consists of a hot meal and a sandwich supper, each accompanied by milk or juice. To learn more about MOW service, click HERE.

VOLUNTEERS MOW is governed and operated almost exclusively by volunteers. A board of managers and its officers oversee the affairs of MOW. Other volunteers discharge the numerous tasks that are essential to the operation of the organization. The daily (Monday through Friday) delivery process begins at a commercial kitchen that prepares and packages a hot meal and a cold meal for each client. The prepared meals are packed into thermal containers and trucked to the First Presbyterian Church (Ballston area), arriving about 11:00 AM. Volunteer drivers meet the truck at the church and transfer the containers into their private vehicles. There are about fifteen routes that fan across the County, each serving 10 to 12 clients. In general, the volunteers complete their deliveries and return the empty containers to the First Presbyterian Church between 12:30 and 1:00 PM. While there is always a need for a variety of volunteers, the greatest need is for drivers; their function is indispensable to the continuing success of MOW. To learn more about how you can make a meaningful contribution to your community as a MOW volunteer, click HERE.

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