Meals On Wheels of Lee's Summit, Inc.
PO Box 1393
Lee's Summit MO 64063
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 524-4966
Mission Statement
Deliver hot nutritious meals to the elderly and handicapped citizens of Lee's Summit that allows them to enjoy a more independent life style.
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Susan L Newsam
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Deliver hot nutritious meals to the elderly and handicapped citizens of Lee's Summit that allows them to enjoy a more independent life style.
Background Statement
Founded in 1974 as a nonprofit organization, Meals on Wheels of Lee's Summit has served over 449,480 meals to the elderly and handicapped citizens of the Lee's Summit community.  A woman in the community, Lois Elbel, saw the positive impact in the life of her mother from a Meals on Wheels program in Indiana.
Lois recognized the need for a similar program in the Lee's Summit area.  Along with some friends, they founded Meal on Wheels of Lee's Summit, Inc.  The program began with fifteen clients.  Today, up to 75 meals are served Monday through Friday, including holidays, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals which are provided by two local churches as part of the community service programs. 
The program has operated for 42 years with a totally volunteer staff.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2015:
  • Delivered over 15,320 meals to those people in need at minimal cost.
  • Furnished meals that met special dietary needs of some clients.
  • Implemented computer program to track individual clients' weekly meal needs and print out daily delivery tickets for the food preparers and deliverers.
  • Maintained a full cadre of volunteers
Goals for 2016:
  • Increase funding sources to cover costs of: 
               1) meal subsidies
               2) replacement of damaged or worn insulated food trays               
               3) miscellaneous computer and other office type supplies
  • Maintain a stable number of volunteers required to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Implement a computer program to make the maintenance of each client's accounting records more efficient.

Needs Statement
  • Monetary donations to meet our 2016 financial obligations. 
  • Enough new volunteers to fill vacancies as they occur. 
Service Categories
Meals on Wheels
Areas of Service
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Meals on Wheels organization has delivered over 449,480 meals to the elderly and handicapped citizens in the Lee's Summit area over the 42 years of existence. 
We are fortunate to have a group of over 75 dedicated volunteers that share a desire to serve the needy in the community.  Some have served for many years including Lois Elbel and Linda Dempsey who founded MOW in 1974 and are still volunteering.
We are grateful for the financial support from the community, primarily individuals and churches.  Unfortunately, funding is our greatest concern moving forward.  The cost of subsidized meals along with operating expenses have exceeded donations the last three years and have caused us to tap into our emergency reserve fund.  Recently we have had to limit the number of subsidized meals to minimize the negative cash flow.  Actions taken, to alleviate our financial losses, have been to increase public awareness of MOW's service to the community, including our monetary needs. We anticipate that being listed with GKCCF will provide exposure to more potential donors that share and support our mission.
I began volunteering as a driver delivering meals one day a week along with my 2 year old grandson.  Our clients truly looked forward to seeing him.  Not only did he brighten their day but he learned valuable life lessons. When he started kindergarten, I moved in to a day captain position working in the hospital kitchen to help pack the meal trays.  I plan to continue for many more years serving our community through Meals on Wheels.
Susie Newsam, President
Volunteers prepare the trays of food and deliver up to 75 meals a day between 11:00am and 12:30pm, Monday through Friday.  The food is prepared by the cafeteria staff at the Lee's Summit Medical Center which can accommodate special dietary needs.  A combination of volunteers and cafeteria staff fill trays with food and make ready for delivery.  Reusable insulated plastic trays are used to insure that the food arrives at the clients destinations at the desired temperature.
Over 75 volunteers give their time and the use of their vehicles to serve those in need in the community.  The volunteers are divided into five groups, one for each day of the week.  Routes are established by grouping clients by geographic location.  Besides bringing food, the deliverers bring a personal contact with a friendly "hello how are you" to persons that may not have any other contacts that day.  There is a relatively low turnover in the ranks of both clients and volunteers.  As a result, many friendships are formed over time as a result of these weekly encounters.  Many of the volunteers have served the program for many years.  Two ladies that were involved with the start-up of Meal On Wheels are still volunteering after 42 years of service.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Short-Term Success
Some clients have taken meals while convalescing at home after a hospital stay or from a rehabilitation facility.  This allows them to regain a normal routine must faster without outside help. 
Long-Term Success
Our goal for our clients is to provide them meals which allows them to lead a more independent life by living in their homes for as long as possible.
Program Success Monitored By
The length of time that individuals remain with the program.  It is not uncommon for clients to receive meals for ten years or more. 
Examples of Program Success
Many notes and letters have been received from clients and family members expressing gratitude for not only having nutritious meals delivered but, also for the friendly caring attitude of the individuals that deliver.  It also provides a peace of mind knowing a personal contact will be made with the clients.  If no contact is made while delievering a meal there is a follow-up with a family member or neighbor to verify the client's well-being. 
CEO Comments One challenge our organization deals with is the increased number of clients requesting subsidies.  The cost of 1 meal is $2.80.  In order to keep up with these requests our organization looks for donations to help offset these added costs.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 75
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Lee's Summit Medical Center:
  • Sells meals to Meals On Wheels at cost
  • Washes and stores reusable trays
  • Plans nutritional menus including special dietary needs
Lee's Summit United Methodist Church:
  • Provides telephone answering service to Meals On Wheels 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Susan L Newsam
Term Apr 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Members
Ms. Kathy Aytes retired
Ms. Jane Childress retired
Mr. Tom Eagle retired
Mr. Mike Gann retired
Ms. Kathy Gillig retired
Ms. Mary Goodson retired
Mr. Pete Goos retired
Mr. Ralph Hall retired
Ms. Cindy Huck Community Volunteer
Ms. Louise Keisker retired
Mr. Don Killion retired
Ms. Jane Kurucz community volunteer
Ms. Carol McCormick Community Volunteer
Ms. Susie Newsam Community Volunteer
Ms. DeAun Russell Cramer Anderson Lasww Firm
Ms. Joy Salgado retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $48,000
Projected Expenses $50,500
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$41,379$47,291$46,668
Administration Expense$170$163$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.151.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$32,617$33,078$25,769
Current Assets$32,617$33,078$25,769
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$32,617$33,078$25,769
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Family Trust $3,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Lee's Summit United Methodist Church $2,440
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $1,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Meals On Wheels of Lee's Summit, Inc.
Address PO Box 1393
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Primary Phone (816) 524-4966
Contact Email
Board Chair Mrs. Susan L Newsam
Year of Incorporation 1974