From left to right: Jerry Lopez, Jordan Ciliberto, Lee Slaff,
Join Friends of Meals on Wheels!
We are a group of volunteers supporting the mission of Meals on Wheels to provide nutritious meals to local seniors.
Over 11,000 elders in Santa Cruz County struggle to make ends meet. For homebound seniors, our volunteers bring more than good nutrition. We bring a friendly face and wellness check and make sure "no senior goes hungry."
Or mail a check made out to
“Meals on Wheels,” 236 Santa Cruz Avenue,
Aptos, CA 95003.
Please put “Friends of Meals on Wheels" on the memo line.
If you would like to make a credit card donation over the phone, please call 831-688-8840 ext 203.
MEETING LOCAL NEEDS
Our meals program is a critical piece of the effort to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.When given the choice, most elders choose to stay in their own homes rather than move to an assisted living residence or nursing home. Our program helps make that quality of life choice possible for elders who are unable to cook or shop for themselves.
The California Elder Economic Security Standard Index, known as the Elder index, indicates that 42% of all elders aged 65 or older do not have enough income to meet their most basic needs. That’s over 11,000 elders struggling to make ends meet in Santa Cruz County and an additional 9,000 fall into the “eligibility gap” with incomes above the federal poverty line, but insufficient to cover basic needs.
Meals on Wheels helps vulnerable seniors and disabled residents live independent lives.
The program is at a critical juncture: in the last three years, our local Meals on Wheels has lost over $250,000 in funding, and is forced to consider starting a waiting list --- nearly unheard of in this nonprofit’s 35 year history!
In addition to providing a daily balanced meal that meets the California Department of Aging nutrition standards, our team of staff and volunteers bring a smiling face and human contact to home-bound seniors - in some cases the only human contact our clients may see that day. Also, our five dining centers offer a variety of activities and a free hot meal to anyone 60 years of age or older.
For more information about Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz County, please go to this link.