Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio centralizes operations to serve growing needs

Massillon, OH (July 9, 2020) – Companies around the world are finding creative ways to work effectively through the impact of the coronavirus. For Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio (MOWNEO), that meant centralizing kitchen operations to the agency’s Massillon location.

The move was made in recent weeks to streamline processes and control costs. A program of VANTAGE Aging, MOWNEO’s goal is to continue to grow the home meal delivery program in its three-county service area, which includes Stark, Summit, and Wayne Counties.

MOWNEO has implemented several key updates to ensure that its 2,700 plus clients are served. The agency made a $176,810 investment in a 23’x45’ freezer, a purchase supported by The Austin Bailey Foundation through a $25,000 grant. Two new combi ovens were also installed.

The pandemic has changed life for us all, but older adults are especially impacted. Now, it is not only the senior population’s desire to stay in their homes, it is also a necessity to maintain safety and stop the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable residents.

While many of us are staying in and trying to keep safe and healthy, MOWNEO staff is working hard to make sure everyone that needs services has access. For over 45 years, MOWNEO has supported our community by providing nutritious meals, companionship, and a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors.

Combining efforts into the Massillon kitchen created a need for additional kitchen staff. If you want to be a hero to local seniors, you can apply at

Volunteers are also needed to deliver meals Monday through Friday in Stark and Wayne Counties. No-contact procedures are in place to ensure safety. Anyone interested in volunteering with Meals On Wheels can reach out to Shannon Carr, volunteer coordinator, at 330-832-7220 EXT. 113 or


About VANTAGE Aging: VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Job training for low-income adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Behavioral health services administered by the Blick Center. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330-253-4597 or visit

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