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Vote for the best Mac 'n Cheese in Town!

2015 Mac 'n Cheese Bowl

Saturday, March 21

11:30 am-2:30 pm


Ithaca High School

1401 N Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY

Proceeds benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels client services.

The "Bowl" will be held at the Ithaca High School and we have attracted 17 restaurants and food purveyors to tantalize your taste buds and give you the opportunity to vote for the best mac 'n cheese in town. Crossroads the Clown will join us again. There will be a KIDZ KORNER and live music. Expect some surprise twists and mark your calendar. We will notify you when tickets become available.


Thank you!

We surpassed our Blizzard Bag goal by raising $8,214.38

to provide emergency meals


Our video highlighting the Blizzard bags emergency food program.


Your gifts are helping us to:
bulletProvide 500 homebound elderly and disabled clients with emergency meals for those times when we cannot make regular meal deliveries.
bulletReplace Blizzard Bags throughout the winter months immediately after each non-delivery day.
bulletExpand our services and increase the number of people served.
bulletContinue our congregate meal site program, which enables seniors who are able to get out to enjoy a nutritionally balanced meal and socialize with their peers.
bulletFoodnet Meals on Wheels of Tompkins County is determined in its commitment to ending senior hunger and ensuring our seniors enjoy independence without being isolated.

Thank you for your timely and generous support!

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Our Mission

Foodnet Meals on Wheels mission is to provide meals and other nutrition services that promote dignity, well being and independence for older adults and other persons in need in Tompkins County.

Our Vision

We envision a Tompkins County community in which senior hunger is eliminated, supportive services are readily accessible, and our neighbors enjoy independence without isolation.


Our Beginnings

In Ithaca, delivery of hot meals to shut-ins was started in 1967 by a volunteer group of local church women. In 1974, a congregate meal program called the Tompkins County Nutrition Program for the Elderly was established, authorized under the Older Americans Act and funded through the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and The Salvation Army operated the program in the early years. The program grew and became an independent non-profit organization named Foodnet in 1987; organized by a group of concerned citizens to provide congregate and home delivered meals and to promote independent living. The local Meals on Wheels program was consolidated under Foodnet Meals on Wheels in December 2000.


Nutrition - A Critical Service                                  

Adequate nutrition is essential for healthy aging, the prevention or delay of chronic disease and disease-related disabilities, and for improved quality of life. Yet poor nutrition is a major problem for many older adults. Almost 90 per cent have a nutrition-related chronic disease or condition such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis. About 40 per cent of community dwelling older adults have inadequate food and nutrient intake, which affects their health and ability to function independently.


Foodnet's Meals on Wheels mission is to meet these needs.

Foodnet Meals on Wheels provides nutrition services to older adults throughout Tompkins County. Meals in community centers improve participants' health and prevent more costly interventions. Meals on Wheels enable older adults to avoid or delay costly institutionalization and allow them to stay in their homes or communities. Other services include nutrition screening, assessment, education, and nutrition counseling. The purposes of these programs are to improve health, improve dietary intakes, offer participants opportunities to form new friendships, encourage informal support systems, and link participants to other health and supportive services.


There are many ways you can help!


  DonateNow Make a secure donation online.

  Make a secure donation using Pay Pal


More easy ways to support Foodnet Meals on Wheels:

Donate your used car

through Meals on Wheels Association of America

1 877 CARS 4 US

Donate your used car through Donation Line

Mail-in Donation Form




Foodnet Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation funded by the New York State and Tompkins County Offices for the Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging, voluntary contributions from participants, and charitable gifts from individuals, businesses and foundations.

We are a member of the Meals On Wheels Association of America.

2013 Audited Financial Statements

2013 IRS Form 990

A copy of our most recent annual report is available by request or through the office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271

Search by our name or NY Registration # 04 24 76:

Nutrition for the Elderly in Tompkins County, Inc. dba Foodnet Meals on Wheels

Read a comprehensive report and profile of Foodnet Meals on Wheels at GuideStar, the leading source of information on U.S. nonprofit organizations.


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Last modified: January 28, 2015