Who We Are

Small Beginnings

The Meals on Wheels Community Services project was founded in 1964 by Doctor Denis Baird. In light of the serious need amongst the ageing community in East London (South Africa), Dr Baird launched a fund-raising project aimed at financing the first ever Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle. He then gathered a few caring ladies, arranged to use a local church kitchen during weekdays, and the rest is history. At that time, Dr Baird and his original team had no idea that they were giving birth to what would become an enormous miracle of mercy. The statistics below confirm the point:

Dr Baird – 50 years later.
Cutting the “cake” at the Meals on Wheels
50th Anniversary Celebrations

Current Statistics

Annual meals provided: 31 Million Plus
Branches: 187 Countrywide
Service points: 700 Countrywide
Vehicles in service: 280 Plus
Old age homes: 2
Retirement villages: 6
Voluntary Helpers: 1400 Plus
Christmas Dinners Served: 120,000 Plus
Christmas Hampers Distributed: 6,554 Plus

120,000 meals per workday is no small undertaking

Senior Management Team

It is my humble privilege to serve as National Director of an amazing organisation that is funded almost entirely by public kindness. As the statistics above confirm, Meals on Wheels Community Services is an astonishing success story and a miracle of mercy indeed. It thrills my heart knowing that every meal that we serve and every service that we provide has been sponsored by a caring individual, or family, or company somewhere in this wide world. Thanks to your wonderful support in the past, we are more than confident about the plans that we have in place for the future. Thank you so much for caring.

Drina Engelbrecht
National Director

Senior Management Team
Dedicated to Service


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Email: adminc@mealsonwheels.org.za
Local Tel:
Local Fax:
086 00 00 700 (8.30am-5.00pm)
086 767 5019
Global Tel:
Global Fax:
+27 16 362 2561
+27 86 767 5019
Address: PR Offices 73 Cypress Avenue, Meyerton, South Africa, 1960