Why your donation matters

Our clients pay what they can afford, depending on their income. In this past year, we covered over $250,000 in costs for nearly 200 clients because we believe that no one should go hungry.

Private foundations and individual donors provide 94% of our charitable funding. We get only 6 percent of our total income from Federal funding for our work, mainly as part of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the City of Evanston. 

Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois is a 501(c)3 organization and gratefully welcomes your tax-deductible contribution to help cover the cost of meals for those unable to pay the full price of the meals.

EIN:  36-2662113

Ways to Give

There are many ways you can support the Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois cause. Each and every gift, no matter the amount, makes a huge difference. 

Click any of the below ways to give to learn more.

Recurring Donations

Recurring donations are a wonderful way to support Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois. They directly support a client’s long-term access to nourishment, and they also help us plan and budget throughout the year. Make your donation online and choose the amount and how often to donate (monthly, quarterly, or annually).

Tribute Donations

A tribute donation is a wonderful way to acknowledge an extraordinary individual in your life. Simply provide the name and address of the person you’d like to send meals to and we’ll send a letter informing them of the donation. All you have to do is choose "Tribute" when you make an online donation or download the form here and mail it to us.

Stock Gifts

A gift of stock saves in two ways: You avoid capital-gains tax on the increased value and you receive a deduction for the full market value of the stock at the time you make the gift. To ensure proper credit for your gift, you must notify Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois about your contribution. A Contribution of Stock form is available from the Development Office or you can download the form here. There is also a Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois Brochure here, which can be printed and shared with anyone interested in making a donation to us.

Employer Matching Gifts

Businesses and corporations are encouraged to match the gifts given by their employees. To find out if your company offers a matching gift program, please contact your employer.

Planned Giving

This option offers tax savings and benefits: wills, life insurance, life income gifts, charitable lead trusts and real estate. Check with your financial planner for additional information.

Vehicle Donation Program

Through our partnership with Meals on Wheels America and Melwood, you can donate your vehicle to Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois. Simply fill out this form, select Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois as your recipient, and Melwood will handle the logistics of the donation. If you have a vehicle that might be useful to Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois for deliveries (a truck or a van in good condition), please contact our office directly at 847-332-2678.

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Dining Give-Back Night

Approximately once a quarter, Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois hosts a special night at a local restaurant when a percentage of the total sales from that night are donated to us. Check our website and Facebook page for the next restaurant night, and join us to make your meal count!