Nonprofit Spotlight

Nonprofit Spotlight



Calvert Meals on Wheels Inc. (CMOW) is a volunteer nonprofit that delivers a microwaveable, midday meal to clients five days a week. Since its founding in 1982, the nonprofit has delivered thousands of meals.


The organization’s mission is to help homebound Calvert County citizens who have trouble preparing meals, so they can live more independently. Homebound citizens who are over 60 years old and do not drive are eligible to receive meals, regardless of income.



CMOW provides meals with the assistance of drivers, route coordinators, and a board of directors. All of these roles are done by volunteers. Drivers deliver noontime meals to clients during the week, and route coordinators manage delivery routes throughout Calvert County. CMOW also works closely with the Calvert County Office on Aging in order to operate. Close to 100% of the nonprofit’s funds are used to provide meals, and CMOW delivered about 17,788 meals to 146 clients in 2018.


“CMOW is grateful to have partners such as the Calvert County Commissioners, the Calvert County Office on Aging, the ARC of Southern Maryland, and the Center for Life Enrichment supporting us," said CMOW Board President Shirl Hendley.


Calvert Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks.Tasks include delivering meals at least once a month, serving as route coordinators, and serving on the board of directors. They also include assisting with fundraising, helping with outreach and social media, and delivering meals with 4WD in inclement weather. If you are interested in volunteering, call CMOW at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. The same numbers may be contacted to sign up yourself or a loved one for CMOW’s services.


“The generosity of the volunteers inspires me every day!"
-- CMOW Board President Shirl Hendley




 Additionally, Calvert Meals on Wheels is looking for a new president to begin serving in September 2023. CMOW is looking for someone who has a passion for helping people, good interpersonal skills, and management experience. The application for the job position is available on the nonprofit’s website and Facebook page.


Calvert Meals on Wheels relies on donations to carry out functions and supply meals to the homebound. The organization’s website contains more information about donating.




For more information, visit the nonprofit’s website and Facebook page, or email

For questions about Meals on Wheels or other senior services, call the Calvert County Office of Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.


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