[ Home ] Contact Us ] Annual Report ] Board of Directors ] Volunteers ] Links ]    

Foodnet Meals on Wheels





United_Way_of_Tompkins_County Community_Partner

Community Meals
Meals on Wheels
Mac 'n Cheese Bowl
SufferJets Volunteer



And the winners are:

Veggie Mac 'n Cheese

Mac 'n Cheese with Meat

Kid's Choice

Bandwagon Brewpub

Pepper Jack and Siracha Mac 'n Cheese


Cayuga Medical Center

Loaded Baked Potato Mac 'n Cheese


Ithaca Ale House

Goldfish Mac 'n Cheese


Will Olson

Bandwagon Brewpub

Best Overall and Best Vegetarian


Chef Jim Durkee

Cayuga Medical Center

Best Mac with Meat



2016 Mac 'n Cheese Bowl

 held March 12, 2016

Ithaca High School Cafeteria


871 people in attendance

18 restaurants and caterers competed



22 varieties of mac 'n cheese



mac 'n cheese with meat


gluten free




Raised $15,000 so far and still counting!

See all the results!





All proceeds benefit meal services for local residents who have difficulty shopping and preparing meals.


Gold Sponsors





See a complete list of all our Mac 'n Cheese donors and sponsors

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.

Go to Foodnet Meals on Wheels on Facebook to see our latest photos and announcements

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 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 Meals On Wheels America.

2014 Audited Financial Statements

2014 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.



PDF Help

To view a PDF file, such as our Annual Report, you will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed on your personal computer. Acrobat® Reader can be downloaded from Adobe's web site at no cost.

For more information on Adobe® Acrobat® or to get the free plug-in please click on the Adobe® link below.

Get Acrobat Reader





Send mail to info@foodnet.org with any questions or comments.
Last modified: March 15, 2016