History

The concept of Meals on Wheels originated in Great Britain following the Blitz in 1939 when the Women’s Volunteer Service for Civil Defense began serving food to the ill and elderly who were unable to care for themselves.

Meals on Wheels started in Indianapolis when The National Council of Jewish Women, as a national project, sponsored a “home delivered” food program and conducted the pilot study in the Hoosier capitol.

Mrs. Morris L. Jacobs served as the first president of the board of directors and chair of the Meals on Wheels program. She was the honorary chair until her death in 1997.

On March 4, 1971, with the success, experience and leadership of the National Council of Jewish Women, Technical and Managerial Services (TAMS) assisted in co-sponsoring a new city-wide program, now known as Meals on Wheels, Inc. A number of members of the TAMS Board of Directors became actively involved on the board of Meals on Wheels and made important contributions to the early growth of the program.