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 The 2015 Mac 'n Cheese Bowl raised $16,000 for meals on wheels!

First Place Vegetarian: Cornell Catering Stealth Veggie Mac 'n Cheese

First Place with Meat: Kilpatrick's Mac with Kielbasa

Kids Choice Award: Hope's Catering Creamy Mac 'n Cheese

Thank you to all who participated!



Foodnet Meals on Wheels’ Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl is back with new twists for the enjoyment of mac ‘n cheese lovers of all ages. The “bowl,” which benefits elderly and disabled individuals who cannot cook or shop for their own meals, will be held Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Ithaca High School.

Stefan Senders, co-founder of Wide Awake Bakery, will be on hand to show attendees the art and science of pasta.  Wide Awake produces local artisanal products that are known for their high quality.

This year’s awards also will feature a new Kid’s Choice Award.  Kids, 5-12, may vote for their favorite mac ‘n cheese. Awards will also be given for the best vegetarian mac ‘n cheese and the best meat/fish/poultry mac ‘n cheese.

Many restaurants and caterers are returning for a second year but newcomers to the bowl will also tantalize everyone’s taste buds.  Coltivare, the TC3 –operated farm to fork restaurant, Red’s Place, Greenstar Cooperative Market, Agava, and Brookdale of Ithaca are debuting this year. Bandwagon Brewpub, Booker’s Backyard, Cayuga Medical Center, Cornell Catering, Crossroads Bar and Grille, Heights Café & Grill, Ithaca Ale House, Kilpatrick's Public House, Lansing Market, Longview, Premier Catering, Rogues' Harbor Inn, Restaurant & Stouthearted Brewing, Sodexo/Ithaca College Dining Services and Foodnet’s very own chefs!

Also new this year, children participating in the KidZ Korner will be encouraged to create postcards that will be delivered to Foodnet clients with their meals.  Clients get a real boost from thoughtful extras that show the community cares about them.

Returning to delight everyone will be Crossroads the Clown and live music from Transistor Radio London and Sixteen Feathers.

This year’s sponsors include: Gold: Brookdale Senior Living, Cayuga Radio Group, CFCU Community Federal Credit Union, Fidelis Care, and Tompkins Trust Company, Silver sponsors include: Schather, Stumbar, Parks and Salk, Merryfield Barnes, Tom and Loren Colbert, First Presbyterian Church, the Kinney Drugs Foundation, and Blumkin & Finlay, LLC.  Additional sponsors are:  Cornell University, Bridges Cornell Heights, Forest Home Chapel, and the Law Office of Sharon Sulimowicz.

Tickets are available at Wegman’s, Lansing Market, Foodnet, and online at Brown Paper Tickets. Advance sale: Adults $10, children, 5-12 $8, at the door: Adults $12, children 5-12, $10.

Last year more than 800 people attended the Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl to benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels.


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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!


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More easy ways to support Foodnet Meals on Wheels:

Donate your used car

through Meals on Wheels Association of America

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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

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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: April 01, 2015