Meals on Wheels North Jersey (originally Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels) was founded in June 1972. We started with six clients and some seed money from the Montvale Rotary Club. Volunteers were hard to find; it seemed like nobody had heard of a program like this! Today we have hundreds of volunteers on 20 routes delivering meals in 32 towns throughout Bergen County.
We are funded by client donations, Bergen County Senior Services, Bergen County Community grants, United Way donations, private donors and private grants.
We deliver more than just a hot meal. Watch this video to learn more about our service to Bergen County seniors.
Meet Our Staff
Jeanne Martin has been at the helm of Meals on Wheels North Jersey as Executive Director for over 16 years. She is also the former President of Meals on Wheels New Jersey. She began her work in the non-profit world as the administrator for Christian Overcomers; a disability ministry offering respite care and social opportunities for disabled youth and adults.
She has developed an on-going supportive relationship with many of the mayors of the 30 towns MOWNJ services through her “Mayors for Meals” initiative. She has created close working ties with area hospitals, colleges and social workers who are providing her clients with invaluable services they might not have received without her unusual innovation and personal intervention. She currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Amanda Leggett has been with Meals on Wheels for over 12 years as Client Coordinator. She began her career in food services at Pascack Valley Hospital back in 1973. Now she utilizes her expertise managing the meal prep process each morning in our main kitchen. She has the pleasure of greeting our volunteers each day with hot and cold coolers of fresh food for our clients. Amanda also works closely with our route coordinators as well as maps out and assigns clients to the appropriate routes.
Lisa MacClements joined Meals on Wheels North Jersey over 7 years ago as Business Manager. Having met Jeanne while working as Marketing Director of a health care facility, she learned first hand the importance of good and stable nutrition. She has over 25 years experience in corporate communications and customer service and oversees the processing of all new client and volunteer applications as well as the management of our county sponsored programs and coordination of our fundraising efforts. She is a 2018 graduate of the Bergen LEADS program and is also the Age-Friendly Coordinator for Fair Lawn for All Ages.
Allyson Stevenson, MSW recently joined Meals On Wheels North Jersey as the staff Social Worker. Allyson enjoyed working with the senior community during her graduate studies at Fordham University and is delighted to use those skills today. Allyson works to connect clients with other much-needed community resources in addition to providing in-home counseling and assessment services. She also coordinates our Friendly Visitor and Hello Club initiatives.
Nick joined the Meals on Wheels team in 2018 as our Meals Transport Driver. Nick is a retired truck driver and when the opportunity came up to serve his community in way that was his passion, he jumped at the chance to help. Look for Nick as he proudly drives around our area in our brand-new Meals on Wheels van!