Seniors, 60 years of age and older, who can’t shop or cook for themselves are eligible for our meals. We deliver meals to the homes of people who need long-term help and those who need meals only temporarily.
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
How much do you charge for the home-delivered meals?
We don’t charge a set fee or price for our meals. We do ask clients for a donation to help our program, so we can serve all seniors who need home-delivered meals. Seniors set the amount of their donation, which is voluntary.
We provide either a five-day or seven-day supply of frozen meals. Clients can elect to receive both main meals and breakfasts or just main meals. Our meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of seniors.
The frozen main meals provide protein, fruit, vegetables, starches/grains and milk. Main meals are stored in the freezer and are easily heated in a microwave oven.
Breakfasts include fortified milk, cereal, instant oatmeal, muffin, instant breakfast, breakfast bar, fruit cups, and fruit juice.
Meals are designed for diabetic, hypertensive, and cardiac-restricted diets.
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 the breakfasts. In the rural parts of the valley, we deliver both main meals and breakfasts 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’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 Membership 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?
Our funding 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.