Duel Chef Showdown benefits Meals on Wheels!

On Monday, March 5th, two local chefs gathered at the Tin Whistle Irish Pub in Charlottesville for the 12th “Duel Chef Showdown.”  Junction’s Executive Chef Melissa Close-Hart and Tasting’s Executive Chef Michael Berry went head-to-head in a fun-filled and delicious competition with proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle.  

Diners were served an abundant four-course meal consisting of eight total plates – four dishes by each chef. The common ingredient in all the dishes was local Greenberry’s coffee. Following each course, each diner voted for their favorite dish -highlights included Melissa’s Mexicoke-Coffee BBQ Glazed Jumbo Shrimp, Plantain, Baby Romaine Hearts, Corn Salad with Cilantro-Buttermilk Dressing and Michael’s Sumatra Rubbed Brisket Lightly Smoked and Braised, Parsnip and Potato Puree, Bacon Buttered Brioche, Grilled Chicory with Tanzania Coffee Reduction. 

The evening, part of the first round of The Duel Chef Showdown, a tournament-style event sponsored by the Tin Whistle Irish Pub, I Love CVille and Scotology, with each showdown benefitting a different local charity.  Juction’s Melissa easily won the night, with the largest recorded margin of victory, and now moves to the final four.  On June 11, 2018, she will battle Tavern & Grocery’s David Morgan for a place in the finals.

“What an amazing event,” said one diner, “We got to sample the work of local master chefs and help our community at the same time. I want to attend every Showdown!”  A great time was had by all as the chefs battled for votes and the diners relished in their efforts, but, of course, the real winner was Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle.  Many thanks to all for making this possible!

March the Mall for Meals

This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country will reach out to their communities to build the support to enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors and homebound residents all year long.

As part of this national campaign Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle will be hosting our first March the Mall for Meals on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall on St. Patrick's Day  Saturday, March 17, 2018.  The walk is approximately 1 mile and will take place rain or shine.  

By walking, donating, sponsoring or speaking out you can ensure your homebound neighbors can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be.  You will help us to continue to provide over 65,000 meals a year and a friendly visit to people who would otherwise be hungry and alone.

To register and find out more information about March the Mall for Meals go to: https://give.classy.org/MarchtheMallforMeals

For daily updates follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MarchtheMallforMeals/


Saluting Our Veterans!

Meals on Wheels salutes all veterans who have fought for our freedoms. As an organization, we are proud to serve and care for those who have served our country by being there with a hot meal five days a week. And we are thankful to our many volunteers who are veterans and who give of their time to take care of the ill, elderly and homebound in our community.

One of those veteran/volunteers is Fred McConville, who served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 24 years including two tours in Vietnam, and has also served as a Meals on Wheels volunteer for more than 20 years. Fred was born in Rhode Island and studied engineering at the University of Rhode Island where he enrolled in ROTC. That experience led to his acceptance as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Air Force where he trained to be a navigator. However, vision problems prevented him from continuing with the pilot program. Not to be deterred, he decided to turn his sights toward the Army and in 1955 applied for and won a competitive appointment to West Point. Following graduation, he married his wife Dot and spent the next three years in Germany with an artillery battalion. Fred says it was an exciting time and a great way to start his military career. After this, he took a post back at West Point and eventually was sent to Vietnam where he joined the 1st Cavalry Division working in operations near the Cambodian border and as an intelligence officer.

Fred spent the next year at a military school in Australia before being sent back to Vietnam. That was the summer of 1972. Most of the U.S. forces had been withdrawn and peace talks were underway. Fred was assigned to a district near the border with North Vietnam and in February 1973 was selected to serve on the cease fire commission overseeing the final withdrawal of U.S. forces. He arranged and attended meetings between Saigon, Hanoi, the Vietcong and the U.S. and wrote minutes detailing the talks that were sent up the chain of command - all the way to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger!

Returning stateside, he rejoined the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood in Texas for four years and commanded the artillery battalion he served with in Vietnam. His next assignment found him back in Rhode Island at the Naval War College before heading to Washington D.C. There, he planned and conducted a field test of an important new artillery weapon and was selected to be the Deputy to and then the Secretary of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While thoroughly enjoying this work, he had long thought of studying law and in 1981 enrolled at Harvard Law School. At 50 years old, Fred joined a corporate law firm where he continued his legal career until retiring in 2011. 

Thank you Fred for your distinguished military career and your service to our country.

We wish you and all our veterans a Happy Veterans Day! 


Photos from left to right: Fred McConville as a child in Rhode Island; as a cadet at West Point; as an Army officer; and as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Calling All Kids! Enter Our T-Shirt Design Contest!

Help us celebrate our 40th anniversary by designing a t-shirt to recognize the important service Meals on Wheels provides to our community! We've delivered over 1.4 million meals to some of our neediest neighbors in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area since 1977. We couldn't do it without the dedication of our volunteers and the support of our community. Create a cool design to show people the importance of a hot, nutritious meal and a friendly visit and the impact it has on the lives of the ill, elderly and homebound. Meals on Wheels is... neighbors helping neighbors! 

If your design is chosen, you could win a $50 gift card to JUMP CVILLE and up to five complimentary t-shirts to share with your family and friends! The winner will be announced on Friday, November 17, at Meals on Wheels Charity Night at Kendra Scott at the Shops at Stonefield.

Click here for more information and to see the full contest rules!

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Donate to our Blizzard Bag Food Drive!

Each winter we provide our meal clients with an emergency supply of nonperishable food to sustain them on days when we are not able to deliver their regular hot meal due to snow and inclement weather. This is vitally important for the population we serve since most are homebound and live alone.

We will need to collect over 3,000 items to provide 3-4 days worth of emergency food for our 200 clients.

Many of our clients live alone and have difficulty with mobility so we are in need of food items that are easy-to-open and ready-to-eat!


  • Soup, stew or pasta in easy-to-open containers
  • Chicken or tuna in pouches
  • Cup o’ noodles or ramen noodles
  • Vegetables in single serve containers
  •  Packs of fruit cups
  • Peanut butter in individual portions
  • Boxes of crackers
  • Granola or cereal bars
  • Packs of Jello or pudding cups

Food donations can be dropped off at the Meals on Wheels office (704 Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or by appointment. We are accepting in-kind and monetary donations to support our food drive! All donations should be received by Monday, November 13. For more information, call 434-293-4364.

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Help Relieve Hunger by Joining Us for CROP Walk!

Join us for the Charlottesville/Albemarle CROP Hunger Walk on October 8! This is the perfect way to enjoy the fall weather while raising awareness and funds to help those who are hungry in our community and around the world.

CROP Walk provides education and support for hunger relief efforts worldwide and 12.5% of proceeds from the Charlottesville/Albemarle CROP Walk benefit our local Meals on Wheels program.

We are looking for walkers and sponsors to support our team!

This year's CROP Walk will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. If you can't walk, please consider making a donation!

You can find more information on our team webpage:

Thank you for your support of Meals on Wheels and CROP Walk!

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