Meals on Wheels

Rock Spring Participates on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month

Meals on Wheels of Northern Virginia, Inc. (MOW) made its initial delivery in January 1971. It was incorporated in 1984 for charitable purposes, namely, providing meals to homebound individuals who, due to age, illness, are confined and unable to secure sustenance themselves. They only serve Arlington County residents. Meals are delivered to each client by noon, M-F.

VOLUNTEERS MOW is governed and operated almost exclusively by volunteers. Volunteer Drivers are needed. Rock Spring volunteers participate on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month. 

  • Food distribution site: First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Virginia; 601 North Vermont Street; Arlington, VA 22203

The daily (Monday through Friday) delivery process begins at a commercial kitchen that prepares and packages a hot meal and a cold meal for each client. The prepared meals are packed into thermal containers and trucked to the First Presbyterian Church (Ballston area), arriving about 11:00 AM. Volunteer drivers meet the truck at the church and transfer the containers into their private vehicles. There are about fifteen routes that fan across the County, each serving 10 to 12 clients. In general, the volunteers complete their deliveries and return the empty containers to the First Presbyterian Church between 12:30 and 1:00 PM. While there is always a need for a variety of volunteers, the greatest need is for drivers; their function is indispensable to the continuing success of MOW.

Also, among the benefits that Meals on Wheels presents to Arlingtonis that the sheriff's office has managed to have that operation's catering company also prepare the Meals on Wheels each weekday!  Inmates in Arlington are given the opportunity to learn the catering routines! 

Lastly, MOW is now saving clean plastic shopping bags for each customer (about 10 per route).  Bring them to St. George's or to Rock Spring!

To learn more about how you can make a meaningful contribution to your community visit their website:

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