Our History

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County’s history dates back to 1970, when a task force of concerned citizens began meeting with Lehigh County Commissioners to address the problem of malnutrition among seniors. On Feb. 1, 1971, 50 volunteers from Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County delivered a hot meal and cold bagged meal to nine clients on three separate routes.

We provide homebound senior citizens and adults with disabilities with home-delivered meals, grocery shopping and other services.

Also in 1971, the Mayor of Bethlehem’s Task Force on Health and Welfare started Meals on Wheels of Northampton County (then called Bethlehem Area) to provide nutritious and well-balanced meals Monday through Friday to seniors, homebound individuals, and adults with disabilities. Under the direction of Board President Dr. Edwin Frey, the Meals on Wheels board and staff began serving meals to 15 clients on Valentine’s Day, 1972.

In the fall of 2016, the Board of Directors from both these organizations began to meet to explore the possibility of a merger. A synergy grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley fueled this process. After 2 years of collaboration and 3 distinct phases of planning, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley officially began on Sept. 1, 2018. In 2019, the organization expanded into parts of Carbon County.

As we look back on our rich history, we recognize that our success is not just measured in years but in the lives touched and the connections forged. Meals on Wheels is more than a service; it is a community of dedicated individuals, volunteers, and clients coming together to make a meaningful impact.

Join us in celebrating our history, embracing our present, and building a future where no one goes hungry, and every individual is valued and cared for. Together, we continue to write the story of Meals on Wheels, one meal, one connection at a time.