Meals on Wheels originated in England during World War II when the Women’s Volunteer Services were organized to help Civil Defense. The first successful program in the United States began in Philadelphia in 1954 and has spread throughout other major cities.

Pasadena Meals on Wheels was started in May of 1964 and has the distinction of being the first chapter west of the Mississippi. From an initial seven clients, it has expanded to serving approximately 100 clients today.