The need for a local Meals On Wheels program was determined in a survey by the Salisbury District of United Methodist Churches. A public meeting was held in August 1974 with a slide presentation by the High Point Meals On Wheels program. From this a planning committee was formed. In October, bylaws were established for Concord Meals On Wheels and a board of directors elected. Deliveries began on February 3, 1975 with eight clients and four drivers. Volunteers ran the program and meals were prepared by Cabarrus County Schools and Cabarrus Nursing Center.
Ms. Anna Pat Bailey (pictured with Executive Director Kimberly Strong) was recognized at the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Soup Sampling for being the first Executive Director of Cabarrus Meals on Wheels from 1974-1984.
For over 20 years, John and Cindy Barnhardt were a very integral part of Cabarrus Meals on Wheels. John was a local business owner who sat on the Board of Directors for several years. He was a vital part of the growth of Cabarrus Meals on Wheels and it was his dream to see that all seniors have a meal. After his passing in December 2006, his wife Cindy took over his seat on the Board and worked tirelessly to fulfill John’s dream. Before Cindy’s death in June 2008, she set up the John Barnhardt Fund for Meals on Wheels so their dream could live on.
You may donate to the John and Cindy Barnhardt Fund in memory of John and Cindy. Anyone may donate funds to the account by clicking on the donation button below or by designating “John Barnhardt Memorial Fund” in the note section of their check. Funds will be deposited into a separate account. Funds will be used to pay for sponsorship of clients who are unable to pay for their own meals, a cause that was very close to John’s heart, as well as operations of the organization.
Deliveries began on February 3, 1975 with eight clients and four drivers. Volunteers ran the program and meals were prepared by Cabarrus County Schools and Cabarrus Nursing Center. 2,275 meals were served, 7-16 daily. There were 34 volunteers.
A second route in Concord was added.
The name was changed to Cabarrus Meals On Wheels and we became a United Way Agency. Service was expanded to Kannapolis.
Cabarrus Memorial Hospital began meals preparation. Service was expanded to Mt. Pleasant.
Service was expanded to include Harrisburg.
25,189 meals were served to a total of 225 clients. We had ten routes.
Service was expanded to include Midland/Flowes Store.
Service was expanded to Miami Church Road area. A fifth Concord route was added. 36,814 meals were served to 284 clients on 13 routes.
34,412 meals were served to 259 clients on 13 routes.
A route in Kannapolis was added. First fund raising luncheon and silent auction was held.
Two routes were added bring the total number of routes to 16 and expanding our service area to Township. Second annual fund raiser was held.
Collaborated with the Department of Aging to obtain grant funding to expand our service to those on our waiting list and those living in areas outside our current delivery areas.
Route 17 opened.
Route 18 opened in February; Route 19 in May; and Route 20 in October. Obtained United Way Focus Grant to provide weekend frozen meals WAAM).
Route 21 opened in May in Kannapolis.
Route 22 opened on March 1 in Kannapolis; Route 23 and 24 opened in August in Mt. Pleasant; Rt. 6 (reconfigured) opened November 1 in Concord; surpassed 300 clients per day.
We served our One-Millionth Meal in November of 2008.
Began preparing meals fresh daily in own kitchen.
Opened Route 30 in the Logan Community area.
Celebrated our 40th Anniversary at our Annual Soup Sampling event.
Received a check for $17,170 from Subaru Concord from the Share the Love Event.
Celebrated our 15th Annual Sunday Soup Sampling Event.
Never missed one day delivering meals to the homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moved into new facility in Concord in September of 2020.
Purchased new facility in Concord.
Drop off a warm meal and get more than you expect.
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