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Established in 1985, East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers over 400 meals daily to home bound neighbors.
Where do the meals come from?
Because food is one of thier largest expenses, ECMOW always try to find the lowest costs possible. Rather than cook onsite, they purchase 90% of meals fully prepared from two local nonprofits -- the Lowcountry Food Bank and Senior Catering. Both organizations are much larger with dieticians, dedicated kitchen staffs, and larger economies of scale. They provide appetizing meals while meeting all the necessary dietary standards, at a cost lower than the organization could achieve cooking themselves. Meal purchases, in turn, help to fund their organizations and ECMOW is not duplicating a service already available at a lower cost.
The remaining 10% of meals are donated from two sources: Christ Church has a ministry group that prepares and donates weekend meals, and the local Noisy Oyster restaurant group donates almost 4,000 meals a year. Both groups are a huge help to ECMOW's core mission!