Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc
421 N Lime Avenue
Sarasota FL 34237
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota, Inc. delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the Sarasota community who are unable to provide or prepare a meal for themselves in their homes. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marjorie Eileen Broughton
Board Chair Mr. Charles Robbins
Board Chair Affiliation community volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc.
Former Names
Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County, Inc
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1972
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  • We deliver over 160,000 hot meals yearly. In many cases, this meal is the only food our clients will receive on any given day.
  • We receive no federal funding, allowing us the maximum flexibility to serve all those in need;
  • Our meals are delivered by a volunteer corps of Sarasota citizens, who donate their time and resources to making a difference in their community.
  • Work within our community to reach those individuals who may benefit from our services.
  • Continue to serve the homebound, elderly and physically and mentally disabled of all ages who cannot make or provide a meal for themselves.
  • Develop our endowment fund.
  • Explore capital needs, including the replacement of or expansion of our facility and equipment.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial donations for our meal service operation are essential to achieve our mission. $27/week feeds one client; $117/month; $1400/yr.
  2. Volunteers especially drivers to deliver meals. This is an ideal opportunity for high school students looking to fulfill their Bright Futures community service requirement.
  3. Dynamic individuals to volunteer and be involved in the growth of the organization. 
  4. New kitchen equipment to replace existing: $108,000
  5. Donor and volunteer software: $35,000
Background Statement

The sole purpose of Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is to provide meals to our fellow Sarasotans who are homebound, mentally or physically disabled or elderly, and unable to prepare meals for themselves. This is our Meal Service Program which has been in continuous existence for 45 years. Meals are delivered six days a week, every week. We serve homebound people in need – age is not a factor, nor is type of disability. These are frequently individuals whose plight is overlooked by society, but who, with meal assistance, can remain independent in their homes with relatively minor help.

The organization, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc., (MOW) is the result of the collaboration three downtown Sarasota churches that came together to fill the void of a failed federally funded meal program in the 1970's. With that program's demise, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, First Methodist Church, and St. Martha's Catholic Church worked together to put up seed money for a group of volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to neighbors in need. In December 1971, the first delivery by volunteers representing an organization of what is now MOW of Sarasota commenced.

 Since 1991 the organization has owned their facility at 421 North Lime Avenue in Sarasota from which they generate meals six days a week. Established as a non-profit 501c3 service organization in 1971, MOW has a dynamic Board of Directors, a small staff of 4-full time and 3-part time workers, and 450-plus dedicated volunteers. Last year MOW generated and delivered more than 160,000 meals.

Each morning, Monday through Saturday, 6 to 8 volunteers gather at 8 work with the three paid kitchen staff to prepare meals. Then at approximately 9:30 a.m. 50 - 60 more volunteers converge to package and drive the meals on 32 routes throughout the 600-square-mile territory in northern Sarasota County. (Blackburn Point Road to University Parkway, and from Siesta/Lido/Longboat Keys to approximately 6 miles east of I-75.) Volunteers use their vehicles and their gas to deliver meals, providing the recipient with what may be their only meal of the day and possibly their only human contact. Currently an average 500 meals are delivered daily.

 We continue to be a unique organization to all Meals on Wheels in that we are not federally funded, rather we are a private charity funded through the generosity of individuals, civic and religious organizations, corporations and foundations, which allows us to service individuals or all ages and all physical and mental disabilities.

We do encourage our clients to pay $4.50 per meal. However, statistically only 30% of our clients are able to contribute any amount to the cost of the meal. Since the organization subsidizes 70% of the cost incurred to provide the meals, MOW of Sarasota continues to reach out to the Sarasota community and the community beyond requesting financial support.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

The Sarasota County, Florida area served is divided into 32 routes with 18-24 clients each route (changing based on need). The total area is approximately 600-square miles extending from Blackburn Point Road (south) to University Boulevard (north); from Lido/St. Armands/Longboat Keys (west) to @6 miles east of I-75 (east) all in Sarasota County, FL.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota fulfills a very important human need: a daily nutritional meal. It is easy to forget that there is hunger in our community, but it continues to be prevalent and widespread.  It is an issue that transcends age and economic status. We serve people who do not have enough to feed themselves and their families, and people who are physically incapable (because of age, injury, or disability) to make their own meals. 
Though it can be challenging to serve such a wide range of different groups, we are lucky enough to count on a generous and dedicated group of volunteers. These Sarasota citizens are invested in making sure none of their neighbors go hungry.
We also work closely with other nonprofits and groups, such as Food Bank, St. Martha's Catholic Church, Bethesda House, and Resurrection House. We are currently working to set up a collaborative relationship with other Meals on Wheels in our area. We believe that creating strong relationships within the non-profit community will enable us to provide better services to people in need.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is a unique organization, both in Sarasota and amongst other Meals on Wheels operations. Most Meals on Wheels are reliant on state and federal grants to finance their operations. Though there are advantages to this model, it can also be limiting. Because most government grants view MOW as a senior funding program, it is often restricted to individuals over the age of 60 years. 
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has a much greater degree of  flexibility to meet the needs of our neighbors. We are NOT restricted to assisting anyone because of their age. This allows us to expand the reach of our service and deliver meals to people who need them because of economic, physical, or mental need. For example, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has been able to help veterans and those with mental disabilities.
We are actively working with other nonprofits to determine how we can all serve our society in a more efficient manner, reaching as many of our neighbors as possible.
Lastly, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is not just a program for the poor or financially stressed; but rather a program for those in need. If a person cannot prepare or get a meal, we want to serve them. We ask all of our clients for $4.50 for every meal we serve them. However, because only 30% of our clients can make any donation we subsidize 70% of the meals we serve.
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota delivers hot meals to individuals in their homes who, because of age, physical/mental disability, financial need or incapacity are unable to prepare a meal for themselves. The meals are delivered by dedicated volunteers. Our goal is to allow our clients to maintain the highest level of independence and dignity possible, while living in their own home or residence. 
Budget $200,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families of People with Health Conditions People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success
Individuals who have a nutritional need (whether by sudden physical or financial circumstances, or from the effects of illness or aging) are able to have that need met in their home. Re-assessment of recipients of meals are conducted quarterly through questionnaires and home visits; volunteers who deliver meals and who act as first line of emergency notification report weekly if not daily to update office with status of clientele.
Long Term Success
Individuals in need will be able to meet their nutritional needs maintain their self-respect while living independently in their own homes with dignity.
Program Success Monitoring
The screening committee is charged with verifying our client's needs on an monthly/quarterly basis.
Program Success Examples
Many residents of Sarasota County are unaware that there are many pockets of working class and poor individuals, and many elderly, whom have been adversely affected by the economic downturn over the last several years.
Over the last ten years, our organization has never served LESS tahn 439 meals/daily, and frequently have served over 555 meals/day.
Program Comments by Organization

The service that we offer is basic to our clients' well-being: a nutritional meal every day. Our biggest challenge is to reach out to people so that we don't under-serve our market. There are many of our neighbors in Sarasota that need to be fed, but who do not know about our services. We can provide meals to the elderly and to the mentally and physically disabled. 

 Because we don't receive federal funding, we count on you to support us - both monetarily and with volunteer efforts. We provide an average of  500 meals six days a week to clients in north Sarasota County, and we do this with just four full-time paid staff. Every day, more than 60 volunteers come to our kitchen and help package and deliver the meals.

 Meals On Wheels of Sarasota does not accept federal funding. We believe this allows us the greatest level of flexibility to assist people in need in our community. Throughout the years, donors have been integral with gifts and bequests, to ensure that we can continue in this important mission.


Help us to help others in the Sarasota Community.  

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marjorie Eileen Broughton
CEO Term Start Mar 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Marjorie Broughton is an experienced administrator and business entrepreneur with decades of experience working with nonprofits throughout Florida. Her professional background includes ownership of construction, publishing, and marketing firms, as well as working in business development and corporate marketing with Bendix, Dresser Industries, and Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida. Having previously served as Deputy Director of the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Ms. Broughton has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, grants research, writing and administration, and fund raising. Locally she has served on the Boards of United Way’s Women’s Initiative, GWIZ – The Science Museum, and Pines of Sarasota. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has resided in Dallas, Texas, and throughout Florida in Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, and Palm Beach. She has made Sarasota her home since arriving in 1998 and, through her various personal fundraising efforts, she has helped to raise over $750,000 in donations and services that have benefited many area nonprofit organizations.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Ms. Marjorie Eileen Broughton Executive Director
Ms. Mary Flagg Meal Service Coordinator
Ms. Judy Johnson Volunteer Coordinator
Wojciech Wojciak Chef/Head Cook
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 450
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has a long history of collaborating with local churches. In fact, the organization was founded by volunteers working closely with three churches: St. Martha's Catholic Church, Church of the Redeemer, and First United Methodist Church.

 In addition, Meals on Wheels works with other non-profit organizations, such as the Food Bank, Bethesda House, Resurrection House, and the Humane Society of Sarasota, SCAN, various home nursing and assisted living organizations.


The organization is constantly working to increase collaboration with other non-profits in order to ensure the best services possible for the Sarasota community.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Meals on Wheels is currently reviewing its operations to improve meal delivery.  A grant for $25,000 was recently received to update software and computer equipment.  
Evaluation of staffing has been completed. New positions are being explored to create support for meal service clients (case management) as well as office staffing support to enable to organization to reach and serve a broader audience and do so more effectively.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Meals On Wheels expects the demand for nutritious meals to grow during the next year.  Our senior population is growing, the need for support for those in need among the disabled and the mentally ill is climbing, and the East County and southeastern area demand is developing.  This will mean we have a strong need to increase donations and support from the community, individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations in order to meet these needs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles Robbins
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. David Harrold Retired
Ms. Adria Jensen Shumaker
Ms. Jane Knaack-Esbeck Andrick & Associates
Ms. Lisa Knepp US Trust
Mr. Arthur J. Mahoney Community Volunteer
Mr. Dick Robbins Community Volunteer
Mr. Howard Rooks Community Volunteer
Ms. Elizabeth VanRiper Michael Saunders RE
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
Meals On Wheels has made great strides in its establishment of an effective governance structure. There are now formal policies on non-discrimination, investments & gifts, whistle-blowing, and conflict-of-interest. The Board selection process includes a written description of a Board Members duties and responsibilities.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $608,500.00
Projected Expenses $608,016.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $265,479.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 10
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
MOW 990 20162016
MOW 990 20152015
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$549,604$478,571$482,019
Administration Expense$140,911$102,245$50,759
Fundraising Expense$14,537$12,836$9,575
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.320.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%81%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,012,073$2,082,358$1,956,171
Current Assets$208,926$368,555$70,644
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$21,228$1,250$3,968
Total Net Assets$1,990,845$2,081,108$1,952,203
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $372,861Contributions, gifts, grants $575,165Contributions, gifts, grants $224,020
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMeal Payments $135,731Meal Payments $144,231Meal Payments $150,440
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $46,142Investment Income $51,275Investment Income $52,834
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.84294.8417.80
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc. has continued to deliver meals to persons in need and needy in our territory defined as northern Sarasota County defined (Blackburn Point Rd to University Pkwy, the Keys (St. Armands, Longboat, Siesta) east to @six miles east of I-75). These are homebound individuals who (per our Mission Statement) are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves either through illness, disability, or age. In 2013, 2014 and throughout 2015 we averaged serving @450-550 meals a day; we served a total of @160,000–180,000 meals throughout those years. Our 4 full-time, 3 part-time staff continue to generate meals 6 days a week including holidays with the support of @300 volunteers who gather at our facility to prepare, pack and deliver meals covering 32 routes.

Since 2013 we have seen a strong increase in demand for meals from the physically disabled, from those recently released from the hospital, from Hospice patients, and from the mentally ill. The elderly continue to have serious needs for meals and other agency support. At the same time, as we continued to serve our clients we became aware that we needed to have a greater understanding of our audience – their medical issues, age, and whether they truly met our mission’s objectives. 

Consequently, we initiated as assessment of the clients in early 2015 and have changed the protocol of client intake procedure. The result has been that we have eliminated those abusing the service, found alternative options for those better served by other agencies, and now have a true grasp on who our clients are and what their physical/medical/social/nutritional needs may be. 

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota does not receive federal funding, believing that independent funding allows us the flexibility to serve all ages and all disabilities without restriction. We will now request funding from county and city sources, seeking support from those community sources with the strong demand seen through our area.

Throughout our 45 years of service, we have relied on four (4) sources of income:

Meal Service Fees based on the client’s ability to pay: Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc. (MOW) requests a payment of $4.50 per meal. However, only 30% of our clients can afford to pay. We ask those who can pay to pay in full, thereafter we use a sliding scale and those who cannot pay are not turned away hungry.

 Specifically, our organization defines income levels using the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines. During our intake process, those requesting financial assistance identify their monthly income and sources, as well as assistance programs, in order for service to be initiated. In July 2015, we saw that 65% of our clients earned less than the FPL annual income (down from 68% in 2013 and 2014); 82% earned less than $18,000 per annum (a drop from 92% the previous years).  We must therefore raise funds to pay for the remaining 70% of the costs associated with our program.

2. Donations from individuals, corporations, civic associations and community associations, and churches (religious organizations)

3. Grants from foundations
4. Bequests

The organization has now developed a more organized fund raising program and marketing/communications program. With new infrastructure in place and new leadership, Meals on Wheels is undertaking achievable development steps and increasing visibility in the community.

An increase in meal price is foreseen during 2018 with food prices increasing and a threefold increase in demand for our services.

Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Nonprofit Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Inc
Address 421 N Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 366-6693