Recent News

Fall Harvest Mixer: “Small Bites to Beat Hunger”

Will you help us to assure that no senior goes hungry? Please attend the Fall Harvest Mixer: “Small Bites to Beat Hunger,” an event to benefit Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm at Portobellos – 150 Main Street, Salinas. Join us for tasty appetizers, local wines & decadent desserts to raise money to beat hunger.

Purchase your Early Bird Ticket $60 thru 9/20/18 on Eventbrite. Ticket pricing increases to $65 from 9/21/18 – 10/3/18. No tickets will be sold at the door. Last year’s event sold out so purchase your tickets now!

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Silver Sponsors: Monterey Mushrooms; Pinnacle Bank and Salinas Steinbeck Rotary

Bronze Sponsors: Always Best Care; Dole Fresh Vegetables; Fenton & Keller; GA Foods; Growers Ice Co.; and Hayashi Wayland

Our Annual “Wine Lovers” Drawing shown LIVE!

Were you able to watch our LIVE Facebook video on April 26? Our Board President, Ileen Groves and Executive Director, Regina Gage, pulled the winning ticket and announced it LIVE. Congratulations to Bonnie Clinton the 2018 Winner! And, a big “Thank You” to all the supporters who purchased tickets, to our board members who contributed to the wine barrel contents as well as “A Taste of Monterey” who donated a certificate for wine tasting with cheese platter for four and Hahn Winery for a certificate for an ATV tour with tasting for four.

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. Welcomes New Board members

Joanne Bravo

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. (MOWSV) is pleased to announce local business women who have recently joined the Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley board of directors.

Joanne Bravo, Vice President of Pinnacle Bank, joined the board in July 2017. She will also serve on the Agency Operations Committee. Joanne brings over 30 years of banking experience to the board, has held the treasurer position for the Gilroy Downtown Association, is a graduate of the Leadership Salinas Valley Class 30 and AgKnowledge Class Nine.

Daniella Zapata

Daniella Zapata, Development & Operations Manager at American Red Cross of the Central Coast, joined the board in September 2017. She will also serve on the Fundraising Committee. Daniella is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and earned a BSBA from Sullivan University in Kentucky. Over the past 12 years with Red Cross, she has held various positions including Community Relations Manager, Volunteer & Youth Services Manager and a stint as interim CEO.

Karen DeWitt, Department Manager at Tanimura & Antle, joined the board in July 2017. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. Karen’s experience working closely with the Tanimura & Antle CEO, Senior Executive Team and board members to keep the Office of the President running efficiently is a valued skill brought to the MOWSV board. She also has fund raising experience with several non-profit organizations.

“We are pleased to have these business professionals involved in our organization. They each bring a unique sense of community, experience and leadership to the mission of Meals on Wheels: delivering meals to homebound seniors who cannot shop or cook for themselves,” said Regina Gage, Executive Director. “We look forward to having them share their leadership and experience with our board.”

Our 45th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser was a Success!

The Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley’s 45th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser held Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at Portobello’s City Center, 150 Main Street in Salinas was a sold out event! Thank you to all our guests and sponsors who made this celebration so successful.
Guests enjoying the venue
Regina Gage & Stu Samuels Winners of Bernardus Tasting
McShane Award
Ileen & Barry Groves
Laurie Bend & Regina Gage with winner of Hahn ATV Tour & Tasting
Guests Cliff & Caren Winant
Teresa Liu and Chuck Des Roches with Regina Gage
Guests Dan & Linda O'Brien
Regina Gage, Louis Frizzell & Laurie Bend
Guests Dexter Farm, unknown, Steve & Andrea Reclusado
Guests before the Raffle ended
Pat Cornelius, Rachel Bend, Loree Van Bebber & Sharon
Guest Myron Seres, Ruby Sponsor George McInnis & Louis Frizzell
Guest Gisela Ramirez, DJ Miles Moore, Carla Plymesser & Tony Hedgpeth
Mandy Brooks, Cheryl Brown & John Peacock
Guests John Mahoney, Jane Day & Julie Rotter
Joanne Bravo, Lynda & Gordon Rubbo & Ileen Groves
Jon & Emily Brandt with guests Teresa & Jaime
Guest with Karen Belding
Group of guests with Louis Alejo
Supervisor Alejo Award


Proceeds from the event benefit Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc.

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. Announce Exciting Changes on Board of Directors and Staff

Robyn Chamberlin

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. (MOWSV) was pleased to announce that Robyn Chamberlin has joined the current Board of Directors as incoming Treasurer in June 2017. Ms. Chamberlin is a director at Hayashi Wayland Accounting & Consulting, LLP with over 30 years of experience in managing and in the Consulting Group. Robyn will bring a unique perspective to the board.

“Robyn comes to us with over 30 years of experience in managing and in the Consulting Group. Her areas of expertise include taxes and Quickbooks consulting,” said Regina Gage, Executive Director. “We are confident that her skills and experience will help us continue our mission to deliver meals to homebound seniors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

Laurie Bend

The position of Community Outreach Specialist with MOWSV has been filled by Laurie Bend. Ms. Bend brings 25 years of expertise in graphic design, marketing and networking skills to this position. Laurie will interact with the community, clients, volunteers and donors to expand the message and services of MOWSV.

“Laurie’s experience in marketing and media will be instrumental in spreading the word about our mission, supporting staff and the board,” said Ms. Gage. “And she’s excited to be a part of the planning for our 45th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser event in September.“

Congratulations Karla W — winner of the Annual “Wine Lovers Drawing”
Bill pulling ticket
Drawing prep
45th Anniversary Logo
Wine Lovers Drawing Barrel
Bill showing ticket
The winning ticket!

The winning ticket was drawn on April 28, 2017. The lucky winner takes home an authentic half wine barrel filled with 20 bottles of red & white wines from local wineries including Windy Oaks and Manzoni, wine tasting for four with a cheese platter at “A Taste of Monterey,” an ATV tour at Hahn Winery with tasting for two, wine glasses, chocolates, nuts and many more wine accoutrements.

This year’s “Wine Lovers Drawing” raised over $15,000 thanks to the many who purchased tickets for the drawing.

Letter to the Community from the Executive Directors of Meals on Wheels in Monterey County

Dear Friends of Monterey County,

You’ve probably heard about the America First federal budget that was recently released by the 45th President of the United States. This blueprint of a budget, known as the Skinny budget, suggests that the funding Meals on Wheels receives from the Housing and Urban Development agency be eliminated.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney said “A program like Meals on Wheels sounds great…but it’s not showing any results…we can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good…”

Really? Perhaps this is another alternative fact coming out of this administration. As Executive Directors for non-profits, we must deal with the hard cold facts daily;

• The fact that our funding continues to decline annually while the demand rises

• The fact that 1 in every 6 seniors experiences food insecurity

• The reality that many of our clients struggle to live on an income of less than $1000 per month.

• The fact that many of our clients are isolated and without family or friends to help them.

• The fact that many of our clients are unable to shop or cook for themselves due to a variety of reasons, be it physical, lack of transportation, medical issues, etc.

These are the facts. There are no alternatives.

Yes, our programs sound good, because they are good. We see the results of our efforts every day. If you need support of this fact, just ask one of our hundreds of clients, or one of our kind and dedicated volunteers. Ask a local elected official such as Mayor Gunter of Salinas or Mayor Kampe of Pacific Grove who have actually gone out with our volunteers to deliver meals to our clients. Our services transcend just meal delivery, in the words of a Volunteer Driver “I deliver meals and smiles and so much more. I invite any doubters to ride along with me as I give counsel, intervene in neighbor disputes, report medical emergencies, contact authorities when elder abuse is suspected, listen to their stories, and join with families at end of life. Meals On Wheels is a lifeline for our seniors in need.”

Our jobs have not been political, until now. There has been much talk about making America great again. We have to ask “Is this how we start”, with the defunding of programs that feed and nurture frail homebound senior members of our communities?

Many may not realize there are two Meals on Wheels programs in our county, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula and Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley. Both have similar missions and are completely separate non-profits. Together, on a typical non-profit shoestring budget, we serve homebound seniors throughout Monterey County, from Bradley and Arroyo Seco in South County to Big Sur and Carmel Valley on the Peninsula.

For both programs, our job is to feed and nurture some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of our community; seniors, 60 and older who can no longer shop and/or cook for themselves. Both programs have had this job since 1972.   Our agencies are incredibly efficient and effective in operations.  On a relatively small budget and with the leverage and power of volunteers, we serve hundreds of people weekly!

Both programs receive approximately $330,000 in governmental funds, through CDBG and Title III Older Americans Act funding.  Without these funds our services would be drastically compromised.

We are dedicated to continuing to serve the seniors of our community but we need your help.


There are several ways:

• Donate as generously as you can to each Meals on Wheels in Monterey County

• Call Congressman Jimmy Panetta to show your support for these 2 agencies

• Volunteer as a driver either in Monterey or Salinas.

We do not know what the future holds for our programs but we know there will be a major struggle ahead. We’re ready! Are you?


Regina Gage, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc.

Viveca Lohr, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc.
Needs Volunteers 

Do you have a couple of hours to spare?

Join our team and help us deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout the Salinas Valley.  We especially need Drivers in Greenfield.

  • In South County the meals are delivered on Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Volunteers in South County do not need to come to Salinas to pick up the meals, we will bring them to you
  • Substitutes fill in for regular volunteers who are unable to do their routes
  • Volunteers provide their own vehicle and gasoline

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc. is pleased to announce our newest program which serves non-seniors who need home delivered meals!

Our HANDS program, Helping Adults with our Nutritional Delivery Service.

  • Non-senior disabled adults are required to prepay for the main meals each month before delivery begins.
  • The cost for one month of delivered meals is $120.
  • We deliver one month of frozen meals one week at a time, including a bag of groceries that we call Additional Tasty Items (ATI).
  • The ATI include bread, English muffins, peanut butter, a large bag of seasonal, local fruits and vegetables and other food staples as available.

Salinas main meals are delivered every Tuesday morning and ATI items are delivered every Thursday morning. Rural deliveries, both frozen meals and ATI items are delivered every Wednesday.

Delivery days and frozen meals coincide with our senior programs.  Meals are available with or without milk.  For more information on the meals provided refer to the Program tab on our website.

Qualifying disabled non-seniors can sign up for the program and prepay with a credit card, debit card, cash or money order by calling our office at 831.758.6325.


Meals on Wheels
of the Salinas Valley, Inc.
40 Clark Street, Suite C
Salinas, CA 93901
831.758.6325 - phone
831.758.6518 - fax

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