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 deliver meals to roughly 200 people each week – about 140 clients in Salinas and 60 in the rural areas. In a year we deliver meals to the homes of about 450 clients. We provide frozen main meals and breakfasts that are designed to meet seniors’ nutritional needs. Meals are easily heated in a microwave oven.
What are some of the benefits of Meals on Wheels’ services?
Home-delivered meals are a preventive health program that has a strong return on investment. Our nutritious meals keep seniors healthy, independent, at home, and out of expensive nursing homes.
Elderly individuals who can no longer drive their cars safely, frail seniors who are unable to cook for themselves, seniors with disabilities, homebound seniors who need assistance but don’t qualify for or can’t afford a caregiver, and seniors who need temporary assistance after discharge from the hospital or because of medical treatment, illness, or injury all benefit from home-delivered meals.
Your gift helps seniors from all walks of life. You’re helping nurses, teachers, veterans, truck drivers and farmworkers – people who have worked hard all their lives and now need a little help from us to make sure they have enough to eat.
You’re preventing health problems that could lead to costly hospital stays.
You’re helping seniors lead independent lives in their own homes as long as possible and preventing placement in expensive nursing homes.
Your gift provides meals to frail older people in their own homes, reducing hunger and food insecurity.
Is Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley a government agency?
No. We’re a small, independent, non-profit agency. We are not part of a national 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; United Way; a special fundraising event; 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.
How is Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley staffed?
We employ 4.5 full time equivalents. Full-time staff includes the Executive Director, Office Manager, and Program Manager. The Bookkeeper, Rural Program Coordinator, and Salinas Program Coordinator all work half-time. Most of the meal delivery is done by volunteers, which keeps costs down.
We have about 120 active volunteers who deliver meals and serve on committees and the Board of Directors.
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.
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, a separate organization, serves the peninsula communities.