Stephanie Archer-Smith, M.S., Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
As executive director of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Stephanie Archer-Smith oversees an organization that for nearly 60 years has been helping reduce food insecurity for people across the state. From its beginnings in 1960 serving kosher meals to a small group of people, MOWCM now serves over 1.3 million meals a year.
Archer-Smith, a seasoned professional with extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in private, public, and not-for-profit human service organizations, holds a BS degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Psychology, and a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Throughout her career, she has blended strategic thought leadership, business acumen, and interpersonal skills, to further organization vision, growth, and effectiveness. She has created sustainable funding models, built strong and enduring community relationships, and developed innovative services and programs, ensuring quality, sound ethical practices, and fiscal responsibility.
This year, under Archer-Smith’s leadership, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is taking its care to the next level, teaming up with Johns Hopkins Bayview to extend their services. Called “Together in Care,” the goal of this new initiative is to secure more funding for MOW while helping keep patients out of the hospital with more personalized care.
“I’m honored to lead such an amazing organization as Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland to help meet the need in our community, and the need is great,” says Archer-Smith. “Seniors make up 21 percent of the population in Maryland and that number is growing every day. Nearly 150,000, or 12 percent are considered to be food insecure and 22 percent live alone.”
“At Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, we believe that the best way to address the needs of the community is not to rely solely on outside help but to use the assets and strengths that exist in our own community to help each other. We do that every day with more than 2000 volunteers from the local community where we serve, with business leaders throughout the region who support our mission in so many ways, and individuals who give generously to support our mission. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve.”
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
515 South Haven St., Baltimore, MD.