Our Mission

Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County enhances the lives of older adults by offering quality meals, and caring human contact.

Home Delivered Meals

A friendly visit and a nutritious meal help support independence for vulnerable elders and disabled residents.

Dining Sites

Dine in the company of friends. Our five senior dining centers located in Ben Lomond, Live Oak, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville offer a daily hot meal to adults 60 years of age or older.

Over 8 million meals served to date!

Volunteers are extremely important to the delivery of program services. With the help of 200 committed volunteers, our dedicated professional staff are able to provide 600 meals per day to Santa Cruz seniors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Home Delivered Meals

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is for older adults, 60 years or older, unable to take care of their own nutritional needs.

What about persons under the age of 60?

We have a very limited number of spaces for non-senior disabled individuals. Call 464-3180 ext. 100.

What is the charge for a meal?

A donation of $2.50 is suggested for each meal.

How many meals are delivered a day?

One meal per day can be delivered daily or in batches of 5 or 7. They are delivered frozen and ready to re-heat in order to accommodate different meal schedules.

What about the nutritional content of the meals?

All of our meals are carefully planned in consultation with our dietitian.

Dining Centers

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is for any adult, 60 years or older.

Do you have to be low income?


Do I need a reservation for the dining center?

Yes, please call one day in advance.

Is transportation available?

Yes, Lift Line provides transportation depending on geographic location. Please call the Dining Center Manager for complete information about the available transportation. (see phone numbers below)

Where are the Dining Centers located?

(see below)

Senior Meal Times and Locations

Most locations have meals served Monday-Friday
(Scotts Valley is currently serving only lunch on Wednesdays).

Ben Lomond, Highlands Park Senior Center

Meal site hours: 10:30-1:30, Lunch served at 12:00 noon
8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, (831) 336-5366


Santa Cruz, Louden Nelson Community Center

Meal site hours: 10:30-1:30, Lunch served at 12:00 noon
301 Center St., Santa Cruz, (831) 427-0901


Watsonville Senior Center

Meal site hours: 9:00-1:00, Lunch served 11:30 a.m.
114 East Fifth St., Watsonville, (831) 724-2024


Live Oak, Elena Baskin Live Oak Senior Center

Meal site hours: 1:00-3:00, Lunch served at 1:00 pm
1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, (831) 475-7177


Scotts Valley Senior Center

Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m.
360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, (831) 438-8666


Administrative Offices

Meals on Wheels
1777 Capitola Road Santa Cruz
(831) 464-3180


Information on Volunteering

Community Members

• Volunteers are always needed for home delivered meals. Meals are delivered in the mornings, Monday through Friday from our kitchen in Live Oak.

• Dining sites are great places to get to know the seniors in your community. You can help with meal service, phones, clerical support or entertainment.

Business Supporters

• Opportunities for business involvement with our “Let’s Do Lunch” program is available. We deliver the meals to your business for dispatch near your location. To volunteer please call (831) 464-3180 ext. 104


Senior Network Services

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Pledge Options

Meal Recipients

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April 2015

Home Delivered Menu

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