About Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. is a volunteer based, non-profit organization delivering special diet meals to the homebound. We deliver two meals a day, Monday through Friday. Our meals are delivered by volunteers in the Tucson metropolitan area, Green Valley and Sahuarita.
Meals are prepared at eight different facilities in Tucson and Green Valley.
We are dedicated to providing services needed to contribute to an individual's health, and to enable them to remain independent and living in their own home.
Referrals to the program can be made by their physicians, family members, social workers, home healthcare workers and dialysis units. Clients are eligible if they are homebound, have special dietary needs, and cannot cook or shop for themselves.
Today, volunteers deliver meals to over 225 clients every Monday through Friday except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
How It All Started
Formed on September 24, 1970, Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. is the result of a two-year experimental program funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity. When the funding ended the continued need to provide special diets for the elderly and disabled in their homes was the catalyst that Virginia Clements, of the Pima County Medical Auxiliary, needed to organize volunteers into a chartered entity. Virginia chaired the first organizational meeting, with Joann Butterbaugh as the first president. In 1970, Mobile Meals began with four hospitals and the University of Arizona Student Union preparing meals for 40 clients. In 2012, eight hospitals and healthcare facilities prepared meals for almost 700 clients, and there are over 400 volunteers who help carry out the mission.