MS 1139 - Wheeled Meals, Inc. (Bowling Green, Ohio)
|Title||MS 1139 - Wheeled Meals, Inc. (Bowling Green, Ohio)|
|Introduction||The Wheeled Meals collection spans the period 1969-2010. Wheeled Meals is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to offer a community service of home delivered meals to the disabled, aged and ill who are not able to provide, obtain or prepare their own nourishing foods or who are unable to understand fully and prepare a modified diet.|
The organization is located at 950 West Wooster Street, Bowling Green Ohio. The collection was transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in April 2010 with the cooperation of the organization’s chairperson, Robert Guion. The register was prepared in July 2010 by Puja Batra-Wells, graduate student intern, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University.
|Agency History||A survey made of Wood County under the direction of the Wood County Health Council in 1969 revealed a need for the delivery of meals to homebound persons who were unable to provide for their own nutrition. Wood County Hospital agreed to provide the meals at cost while the Health Department developed the procedures for determining need or eligibility as well as the ability to pay for the service. First Presbyterian Church organized the volunteers and the organization came into being in January 1971 and began their meal services in March 1971. The organization received local financial support from the Hospital Guild, Kings Daughters, Soroptimists, Beta Sigma Phi, Rotary Club, Kiwanis and other interested individuals. Patrons of the service are referred to as “subscribers.”|
Marilyn Beattie was the first chairperson and Virginia Nader was the vice-chairperson during the 1971-72. The first route made seven stops and delivered 8 meals. At the end of 1971, the organization had served 3,684 meals. The organization is now 39 years old. In February 2009, Wheeled Meals made 11,753 deliveries to subscribers. The organization provides a hot noon meal and a cold supper meal daily, Monday through Friday. A five-day supply of milk, juice, cereal, margarine, and bread is delivered on Monday, and a second quart of milk is included in the Friday delivery. Dietary planning is supervised by a registered dietitian.
|Scope and Content||The Wheeled Meals collection gives researchers and local historians a comprehensive overview of the history, development and day to day running of the organization. The collection includes board meeting minutes, subscriber lists and route information, daily logs and records, financial records, annual reports, newspaper clippings as well as insurance and public relations files. A detailed history of the organization is also included.|
Of particular note are records that reveal a case of embezzlement in the early years of the organization’s operation (1974). These records also show how the incident was dealt with. While the collection is arranged chronologically, it should be noted that there are substantive gaps in the material.
|Series Description||Untitled Document
RULES AND BYLAWS
SUBSCRIBER ROUTE LIST
FOOD STAMP FILE
WHEELED MEALS HISTORY
MISCELLANEOUS FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
MONTHLY RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
WEEKLY FINANCIAL REPORTS
BANKING DOCUMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS