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Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Inc. is a non-profit corporation,incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Meals on Wheels is a nonsectarian organization offering ready-to-eat meals to persons with physical or mental handicaps, the elderly living alone or those who have limitations during convalescence from illness or injury. Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Inc. has been serving the community since 1967. The organization is managed by a board of directors chosen from the community and who are committed to the work of Meals on Wheels. The day to day business of the organization is managed by an Executive Director who reports to and takes direction from the board. Ready to eat meals are prepared in-house in our professional kitchen by a paid staff and volunteers. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday including holidays. Each client receives one hot and one cold meal each day.
Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Inc. was founded in 1967 with 7 clients and 25 volunteers. The organization has grown to 250 volunteers and 9 paid staff members who serve approximately 350 clients in the Lancaster, Leola, New Holland, Parkesburg, Gap, Terre Hill, Atglen, and Christiana areas. In 2016, our organization prepared and delivered meals over 71,000 meals in Lancaster and Chester counties.
Originally from New York City, Lynn Brown moved to Lancaster in 1990. She received her culinary training at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and is now completing her externship with us as part time prep cook. Her love of cooking was inspired by her Mother who used to cook at a homeless shelter. Lynn has a dream to start small and open a soul food stand at the market. She is excited to join the Meals on Wheels Team; She hopes that with the knowledge and experience she takes away from this job will help her follow my dreams. Most of Lynn’s time spent out of work is taken up by her grandchildren, two of whom she is raising herself.
Tim Duvall started at Meals on Wheels as a volunteer who delivered routes on a weekly basis. He has since held paid positions as a dishwasher at various restaurants in the Lancaster area. In 2019, Tim approached Meals on Wheels with the hope of working only a few hours per week. Within moments, he proved that he is the most efficient and effective dishwasher that you will ever meet. He can clean the kitchen in half the time it would take four staff to do it! We are grateful to have him as a member of our team.
Joy Hammond is an adoptee from China and grew up in Wallkill, NY until entering Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA. She is a recent graduate of 2021 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Spanish. Joy is participating in the Shalom Project in Lancaster, PA which is a year long intentional living situation with five other participants interning at local nonprofits.
She is currently interning with Meals on Wheels in Lancaster doing administrative work, and the United Way of Lancaster to strengthen her macro skills in community outreach and grant research. Joy enjoys engaging in cultural immersion, reading, writing, arts & crafts and socializing about topics of interest with her favorite animal being a hedgehog.
Doug Hopwood has joined Lancaster Meals on Wheels as Volunteer & Program Development Director. With over 15+ years of experience, Doug has extensive knowledge and interaction with Community Benefit/Non-profit organizations in Lancaster. He ran TLC/Veterans' Victory House for 14 years and recently had an interim role as Executive Director at KPETS. He sits on the board of several non-profits as well, including Mental Health America and The Lancaster County Project for the Needy.
Feleen Nancarvis is the Executive Director at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster. Her work here kicked off after an 18 month long internship through a service-oriented program, The Shalom Project and was later hired on as Director of Operations. Feleen grew up in Lititz, PA and is excited to embrace this career opportunity in the community she calls home. She adores her five year old pet ferret, named Micah who loves to dig up the garden plants (despite Feleen’s efforts to make the garden grow).
Hayley Wright is the Community Development & Outreach Coordinator at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster. She grew up in Maryland and recently moved to Lancaster to work through a service-oriented program, The Shalom project. Hayley recently graduated from Eastern University, earning a B.A in Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and painting.
Elisa is originally from New Jersey where she spent her early years moving up and down the coast of the state due to her father’s employment. She and her husband, Mike, who met in college, have made Lititz their home for 16 years now.
Elisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and a Master of Arts degree in ESL. After 15 years of teaching English and Literature to students with special needs, she retired in 2014 from Lebanon School District. During her career, Elisa assumed many professional roles including serving as Treasurer for the Lebanon Education Association Union, Special Education Department Coordinator, and Lebanon Valley College student teacher mentor to name just a few.
In 2015 while searching for a volunteer opportunity, Elisa read an article about Meals on Wheels and met with the Volunteer Coordinator, who was actually retiring from her position. A day later, she was offered the position of Volunteer Manager! Elisa served Meals on Wheels in that capacity, as well as Director of Programs and Services briefly, for three years.
During that time, she created the organization's first Volunteer Handbook, created documentation to become a PA Waiver vendor, systematized and documented the volunteer scheduling process, served on the Board of Meals on Wheels of Pennsylvania, developed relationships with other non-profits and local businesses, created the Refugee Job Training program, formalized relationships with Intellectual Disabilities organizations, piloted and oversaw the development of The Social Call visitation program and the seasonal cleaning volunteer program, and communicated with hundreds of volunteers on a daily basis.
Elisa left her position from Meals on Wheels in September 2018 but is thrilled to be returning as a board member to support an organization that she is still quite passionate about. In her spare time, Elisa enjoys dog walking and pet sitting, traveling, watching movies, antiquing, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Bill Cook (he/him) is a native Lancastrian with global roots. After graduating from Manheim Township High School, he attended Temple University where he received degrees in Advertising, Business Administration and German Language Studies. After completing his Master of Arts in Communications at Penn State University, Bill returned to Temple as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising. He continues to teach in the department while serving as Assistant Department Chair—where oversees adjunct faculty, is responsible for the department’s schedule, and assists with key administrative tasks. Prior to joining Temple as a full-time faculty member, Bill worked in advertising, public relations and event planning in Philadelphia and Lancaster. During this time, he focused on copywriting, graphic design and account management, representing residential and commercial building product manufacturers such as Armstrong, CertainTeed, Kohler, ShurTech, and Wilsonart. He continues to work in the industry today, managing a roster of freelance clients and working part-time at Stoner Bunting Advertising in Lancaster.
Bill is also grateful for the many service opportunities he has taken part of over the past decade. In addition to regularly volunteering at Lancaster Meals on Wheels, he was an active volunteer with March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, the Lancaster Liederkranz for several years. He sat on the board of the Philadelphia Interactive Marketing Association (PhIMA) and served on nearly two dozen committees at Temple University. In his new role at Lancaster Meals on Wheels, Bill hopes to grow fundraising and volunteer retention efforts, help transition the organization to its new location on Columbia Avenue, and continue to help Meals on Wheels grow and prosper as a premiere non-profit organization in Lancaster County.
Dorothy is the founder of Rafiki Africa, a community empowerment and economic development organization that serves in Kenya. She’s also the co-owner of Rafiki Shoppe, a Social Enterprise that specializes in African Food and products sold in the USA.
She has over 15 years of Social Entrepreneurship experience and Non-profit leadership. She is committed to initiatives that serve the needs of children, girls and youths around the world and mentors several youths and girls. She’s an advocate for the Church’s role in justice and poverty alleviation.
Dorothy holds a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Social Enterprise and Social Impact Strategy. She volunteers her time advising and mentoring new business owners. She also holds degrees in Nursing and serves in different capacities as needed.
Dorothy grew up in Kenya and has traveled extensively. She is multilingual and is a certified medical Swahili translator. She enjoys travelling, cooking, athletics and meeting new people. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Roger.
Wendy (Glatfelter) Jarrett is a native of Lancaster City. After graduating from J.P. McCaskey and Millersville State College she began a career in service. As the Director of the Child Enrichment Center for the YWCA of Lancaster, Wendy is proud to have worked in the first Child Care Center in Lancaster County to offer infant care, allowing woman to return to the workforce and continue their career path. She is equally proud to have worked along with the School District of Lancaster in opening the first Child Development Center at McCaskey High School, allowing for young mothers to receive quality Child Care while continuing their education. Wendy later went on to be the Director of Human Resources for the YWCA and currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for United Way of Lancaster County. Wendy is grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with numerous community benefit organizations through her work spanning almost 40 years. Wendy raised her son in Manor Township where she was actively involved with the school PTA’s and booster clubs. She now resides in Manheim Township with her husband Dan and Aussie Chloe. Gardening, cooking, baking and reading by the pool or ocean provide her peacefulness to restore and recharge.
Gina was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently attends HACC’s nursing program. She volunteers at Meals on Wheels multiple times a week through her job with one of our partnering organizations. In her free time, Gina enjoys zip lining, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Kevin M. Ressler, M.Div., served as Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Lancaster from 2014-2019. He currently serves as the President & CEO of United Way of Lancaster County. He is a co-founder of the Doplic Project, Lancaster Action Now Coalition, and Black Lives Matter 717. Kevin is a frequent public speaker at justice rallies and corporate events focused on social responsibility, and an ecumenical guest preacher across the faith continuum.
He ran for Mayor of Lancaster City and serves on a variety of non-profit boards focused on economic development, social equity, and the Mennonite community, including the boards of ASSETS Lancaster, Friends of Mennonite Theological College of East Africa, Conestoga Valley Education Foundation, Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, and the Everence Federal Credit Union.
Craig Trissler is a former restaurant consultant who has been involved over 45 restaurants across the country. He settled in Lancaster in 2012 when he started the award winning restaurant 551 West in Lancaster City. He has been involved with Meals on Wheels of Lancaster for 3 years and has sat on the board for 2 years and has taken over as Vice President in 2021. He has even been known to cook from time to time.
Sandra Valdez is the Chief Operating Officer of the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) a nonprofit community-based organization. She oversees a team of great leaders. She has been employed at SACA for almost 22 years in numerous capacities. Throughout her experience at SACA she has provided education and prevention services in the schools, community, and agencies at large; on social determinants of health. In addition to, facilitation of internal trainings, grant writing, fundraisers and explore funding opportunities.
Sandra is a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and have resided in the Lancaster City and County for over 35 years. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, swimming, and playing table games with family.
Professionally, she serves as a member on the following boards and coalitions; Leadership Lancaster, Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force, Lancaster County Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force (CASE), Lancaster General Health Patient and Family Advisory Council, Hunger-Free Lancaster County Coalition, Communities that Care (CTC), PA Disproportionate Minority Contact - Youth/Law Enforcement Coalition and most recently joined Lancaster Meals on Wheels.
Previously served on the Mayor’s Coalition to Combat Poverty; Penn State Clinical & Translational Science Institute Community Advisory Board and the Communities of Central PA; Student Health OUTreach of Lancaster County; Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; and The AIDS Funds of South-Central PA.
Jennifer (Van Buskirk) Eaton is a lifelong Lancaster resident, graduating from McCaskey and Franklin & Marshall College. She, her partner, and two of their three kids live in Lancaster Township. Eaton brings professional experiences in government advocacy, cross-system collaboration around education, poverty – and violence – reduction, and a great personal passion for justice and equity. In addition to volunteering at her kids’ school and District-level parent organizations, Jen is also the Executive Committee of the NAACP and is currently running for School Board Director in SDOL.
Tom is a recently retired business executive who worked for over 25 years in the finance organizations of several major international companies. Most recently, at the Hershey Company, he was their Senior Director of Business Development where he led and managed the acquisition and integration of several other confectionery companies. Prior to Hershey, he did similar work for Unilever and International Paper in New York City.
After reading an article in the local newspaper a couple of years ago about Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Tom became a volunteer driver and quickly became hooked on the good work that the organization does every day. Now, as a member of its Board of Directors, he hopes to help MOW by bringing his business and finance experience to bear on the challenges that face the organization.
Tom holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
Jane Williams is am a retired Teacher Aide from the Hempfield School District. She began volunteering at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster after her retirement. The relationships she’s built with clients, staff and other volunteers during her voluntary service have been a significant factor in her decision to join the board of Meals on wheels. She is honored to serve on the board.
We have grown exponentially over the years! We have merged with multiple Meals on Wheels programs over the years and we aspire to continue our growth. Take a look at this map to see which areas we service in Lancaster County. We deliver to the zip codes shaded in blue. All areas are approximate. Contact us for more information about the services we provide!