How Did the Concept of
Meals on Wheels
Get Its Start

Meals on Wheels History
Did you know that today’s Meals on Wheels programs can trace their roots back to Great Britain? When German planes bombarded English soil during the Blitz, people in Britain lost their homes and, subsequently, their ability to cook meals for themselves. The Women’s Volunteer Service for Civil Defense responded to this emergency by preparing and delivering meals to disadvantaged neighbors. These women also brought refreshments in canteens to service members during World War II. The canteens came to be known as “Meals on Wheels.” Thus, the first organized nutrition program was born.
Meals On Wheels Debuts in the United States
The first Meals on Wheels Program began in Philadelphia in 1954, and then it spread throughout the United States.

The Meals on Wheels Concept Arrives on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels (CPMOW) began with a trip back to Europe in 1973 by a Palms area resident. Bea Griffin, one of our co-founders, was on vacation in Europe when she met a fellow traveler from Pasadena, California, who shared the Meals on Wheels concept with her. Bea hearing how Meals on Wheels helped so many in Pasadena, just knew how a program like that would benefit the Culver City -Palms area. Bea knew a severe lack of essential resources was not accessible to homebound individuals living in the West Los Angeles area. She became inspired by the success of Pasadena’s Meals on Wheels program, and she was determined to replicate the program in her neighborhood. She rallied a steering committee comprised of all interested people and representatives of numerous organizations. Together, they created Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, with the first meal delivered on April 1, 1974. We have worked out of the exact location, Grace Lutheran Church hall, ever since that first day.

Serving from Pico Blvd. to LAX since 1974



Culver Palms Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable
organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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