Meals at Home fosters health and contributes to individual well-being and independence by delivering nutritious meals, medically prescribed diets, and providing other supportive services to the homebound, elderly, disabled and others temporarily unable to care for their nutritional needs.
1968, CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association) of Cook County and concerned citizens saw that numerous Evanston seniors, particularly those with limited incomes, needed nutritional support. They saw that many elderly were at risk of malnutrition.The group approached Sister Mary Alfreda Bracht, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Hospital, who arranged for the hospital kitchen to prepare meals for home delivery. Volunteers were recruited and trained, delivery routes were laid out, and schedules drawn up. Meals at Home’s first deliveries were made in October 1968 to residents of Evanston and adjacent areas of the City of Chicago.
In 1975, residents of Wilmette expressed the need for home delivered meals, so additional volunteers were recruited, and Evanston Hospital’s kitchen began to prepare meals for residents of that village. In 1982, Kenilworth and Winnetka were added to MaH’s service area and, in subsequent years, East Glenview and East Northfield were covered and new kitchens were added to supply the meals. In 2002, a Friendly Visit program was added, and in 2012 a grocery shopping program in which Meals at Home volunteers purchase items such as paper products, breakfast foods, and similar items for clients. Most recently, the organization began serving people in Skokie as well as areas in Lake County.