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Hawaii Meals On Wheels (HMoW) Location / Contact:
P.O. Box 61194
Honolulu, HI 96838
Phone: 808-988.6747

Contact:
Michelle Cordero-Lee

Serving The Kaimuki Community
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Web Site: http://www.hmow.org/
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Our Mission
Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels (HMoW) is dedicated to helping frail elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal contact.
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Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels (HMoW) is dedicated to helping frail elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal contact.

Hawaii Meals on Wheels, Inc. is dedicated to helping Oahu's elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home. We do this primarily by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal interaction with those we serve.

Our Story

Hawai'i Meals on Wheels, a 501(c) 3 organization, was founded in 1979 to provide a home delivered meal service for frail elderly and disabled persons who were unable to cook or shop for themselves and did not have access to help for these essential functions. Irmgard Hšrmann and the Social Ministries Committee of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu spearheaded the formation of a committee representing different denominations and several Honolulu churches to provide a basic nutritional and human support system for their isolated, disabled, and frail elderly neighbors

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The other founding churches included Central Union Church, Church of the Crossroads, Manoa Valley church, The Parish of St. Clement, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church.

The service began with two small routes in Makiki and Moiliili, six clients, six volunteers and $25.00.

As we celebrate our 31st year, Hawaii Meals on Wheels has grown in response to Oahu's aging community and increased need for hot, home-delivered meals. In 2009, we delivered over 69,400 meals to over 450 senior and disabled individuals. We also added 4 new delivery routes. As we look toward 2010 and beyond, we hope to expand even more to more communities throughout Oahu.

Meals are prepared by 10 care home, hospital and commercial kitchen partners. This enables volunteers to pick up meals at a location in their immediate community and deliver them to their neighbors. Institutional kitchens also enable us to be able to meet the need for medically therapeutic meals, such as low sodium, low fat and pureed meals.

Forty-three delivery routes now extend from Hawai‘i Kai to Pearl City, Kane‘ohe to Kailua, Waimanalo, Mililani and Ewa to Ewa Beach.

Hawaii Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven force. We rely on over 300 volunteers to deliver meals each day. Our volunteers are productive friendly neighbors bringing food and personal interaction to those who need it most in our communities.

Every Monday through Friday, including holidays, the dedicated volunteers from Hawaii Meals on Wheels provide hot and nutritious meals with aloha.

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The Process
Clients must be homebound and unable to cook or shop for themselves. In addition, they must meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Unable to prepare meals due to physical or mental disability and have no assistance with meal preparation.
  • Lack the physical mobility necessary to shop for food, prepare adequate meals and have no assistance with meal preparation.
  • Are convalescing following hospital discharge and require meal service temporarily.
  • Lack adequate cooking facilities and are unable to acquire them.
  • Lack proper nutritional support due to caregiver stress.
Priority is given to elders who are low income/minority and socially isolated. Service will start within 2 days after:
  • A client is determined to be eligible for service
  • There is room on an existing delivery route for a new client
  • A client application form has been completed. Call 988-6747 Monday-Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Persons who meet the above criteria must also:
  • be home at delivery time and willing to admit delivery volunteers into their home; and
  • have a home environment that is safe and accessible for delivery volunteers.
  • be able to feed themselves or have a caregiver to feed them
  • provide personal information to determine client eligibility and resolve emergency client situations.
  • be willing to provide a physician/health care professional verification of need.
  • agree to an initial assessment and periodic reassessment of their need for the service.
Lunches are prepared by:
  • A Catered Experience - Area: Mililani
  • Castle Medical Center - Areas: Kaneohe, Kailua, Enchanted Lake, and Haiku
  • Hawaii Medical Center - Area: Ewa, Ewa Beach
  • Kahala Nui - Areas: Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Kilauea, Palolo, St. Louis Heights, and Waikiki
  • Kuakini Hospital - Areas: Kalihi, Nuuanu, and Pacific Heights
  • Lunalilo Home - Areas: Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Ainakoa, and Waimanalo
  • Oahu Care Facility - Areas: Makiki, Manoa, McCully, Punahou, University,Waikiki, and Woodlawn
  • Pali Momi - Area: Salt Lake
  • Pearl City Nursing Home - Areas: Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahu
  • Straub - Area: Kaka'ako, Kinau, and Punchbowl
Dinners are prepared by:
  • Oahu Care Facility - Area: Kaimuki, Waikiki

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What does a meal cost?

The full cost of a meal is approximately $10.00. Clients are encouraged to donate what they can afford toward the cost of their meal. While we encourage all clients to donate something toward the cost of their meals, we will not deny service to a client who is unable to afford the total cost of his/her meals. client contributions are accepted by check, VISA/Mastercard, or Food Stamps.



Can Organizations Volunteer?
Your church, company, club or other organization can team up to make a difference in the lives of people who need you! Team members can rotate, so individuals deliver only once every other month or as agreed upon in team schedule.



What type of meals do we serve?
Each meal is prepared by an institutional kitchen under the supervision of a licensed dietitian and must meet 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance. A regular meal consists of a hot entree, a serving of vegetables, a serving of starch, dessert (often fruit), and milk or juice. Some special diets can be accommodated (e.g. diabetic, low sodium).
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