Our services are available to seniors, 60 years of age and older, who can’t shop or cook for themselves. We deliver meals to the homes of people who need long-term help and those who need meals only temporarily. We also offer our HANDS program to disabled non-seniors.
Our clients include:
Elderly people who can no longer drive their cars safely, making it difficult for them to shop for groceries or go out to eat
Frail seniors who are unable to cook their own meals
Seniors with disabilities or disabling diseases that make shopping and cooking difficult
Homebound seniors who need assistance but don’t qualify – or can’t afford – in-home care
Seniors who need temporary assistance after discharge from the hospital or because of medical treatment, illness, or injury
Right away after signing up. Usually we can start delivering meals within 2-3 days depending on the meals we have in stock. We can definitely start delivering within a week. We do not have a waiting list for services.
In Salinas, we deliver two days a week: Tuesday we deliver the main meals and Thursday we deliver our tasty additional items. In the rural parts of the valley, we deliver both main meals and tasty additional items once a week, on Wednesday.
We serve the entire Salinas Valley – from Pajaro and Aromas in the north to San Ardo and Bradley in the south. Our territory includes Moss Landing, Castroville, Prunedale and areas east of Laureles Grade. We deliver meals to clients living in Salinas, in rural unincorporated areas of Monterey County, and in the small cities of the valley.
Do you provide programs other than home-delivered meals?
Yes, with the SPCA of Monterey County, we also offer PetMeals. PetMeals provides pet food to our clients who can’t leave their homes to buy food for their valued pets. The SPCA raises funds to support the program, and their volunteers bag, label and deliver pet food to Meals on Wheels. Our volunteers then deliver the PetMeals along with their regularly scheduled food deliveries.
Is Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley a government agency?
No. We are a private, nonprofit organization. We’re incorporated as a 501(c)3 agency run by a 12-15 member volunteer Board of Directors, who are elected at the annual meeting held each year in July. We were founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1985.
How is Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley funded?
Funding for Meals on Wheels comes from a variety of sources. Through a contract with the Monterey County Area Agency on Aging, we receive reimbursement for meals provided to seniors that covers about a third of our costs. Client donations are about 10% of our income. We raise more than half our income through foundation, corporate and government grants; donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and other community based organizations; special fundraising events; and investments.
All donations stay with us and help local seniors. Only with financial support from this community are we able to provide nutritious, home-delivered meals to all eligible seniors who request them.