Meals On Wheels Facts
- The cost of living in San Francisco is 62% HIGHER than the national average.
- We can provide a senior TWO HOME-DELIVERED MEALS A DAY for an entire year for the same institutional cost as one day in the hospital.
- 67% of Meals on Wheels seniors LIVE ALONE, without the support of family or friends.
- We are the ONLY ORGANIZATION in San Francisco that delivers TWO MEALS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK that are nutritionally-tailored to meet the dietary needs of seniors.
- 75% of our clients live BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE ($970/month).
- We deliver 2 MILLION meals a year to 4,200 homebound seniors in every neighborhood of San Francisco.
- The San Francisco Department of Finance estimates there will be 100,000 MORE SENIORS in San Francisco by 2037 than there are today.
You can help.
We’re more then meals. We provide the support seniors need to stay in their own homes.
1,600 Sessions a Year
Home visits and referrals to critical outside services
Friendly Visitors & Good Neighbours:
Volunteers reduce isolation and assist with daily needs.
Home Safety & Urgent Needs:
Minor home repair, ongoing distribution of grab bars, smoke detectors, microwaves, and refrigerators
We’ve launched our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign to meet the needs of seniors today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
Phase 1 — Build a new kitchen that will meet the present and future demand for home-delivered meals.
- Construct a brand new 40,000+ square foot kitchen and food manufacturing facility.
- Increase our production capacity from 6,000 to 20,000 meals a day.
- Improve our ability to prepare medically-tailored meals and offer more culturally-appropriate meal options.
Phase 2 — Renovate our current facility.
- Double the space for social services and volunteer engagement.
- Improve access to all aspects of the facility for people with disabilities.
- Create a center for our Home Delivered Grocery program.
- Upgrade the vehicle storage yard.
- Include a back-up staging kitchen for emergencies.
Your Donation will pay off for homebound seniors across San Francisco
together we can feed the heart of the city.
In the Tenderloin and SoMa, there are 30 buildings that house 500 homebound seniors in tiny residential hotel rooms. Through our Adopt-a-Building program, companies across San Francisco are partnering with us to fight senior hunger and isolation where the need is greatest.
- Experience direct interaction with homebound seniors through our meal delivery service
- Volunteer with your co-workers on a weekly or daily basis for an hour or less
- Walking routes are available in SoMa and the Tenderloin
- Each shift includes 2–4 volunteers for buildings with 10–50 residents
A staggering 67% of Meals on Wheels Seniors live alone and many have no one to spend the holidays with. Join us in making Thanksgiving and the winter holidays festive for seniors across San Francisco! To sign up to volunteer on Thanksgiving day, or any day this holiday season, click below.
FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS
Chef David’s Bowtie Pasta with Bolognese is a favorite among Meals on Wheels seniors. Enjoy!
Recipe for four people
- 2 cups of uncooked pasta
- 1 pound lean, ground beef (or split half ground beef with half ground turkey)
- 1 small onion, diced
- ½ cup canned tomatoes
- 1 oz tomato paste
- ¼ tsp basil leaves
- 1/8 tsp ground pepper
- Serving size: 1 cup
- Calories: 287
- Carbohydrates: 25.5 gram
- Protein: 22.7 gram
- Fat: 10.1 gram
- % Cal/Fat: 32.1%
- Cholesterol: 63 mg
- Sodium: 165 mg
- Dietary Fiber: 1.7 gram
- Calcium: 39 mg
- Bring water to a boil. Add dry pasta to the boiling water. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Place ground turkey in skillet. Cook until it has browned. Drain off excess grease.
- Add onions, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, and black pepper to the ground meat mixture. For additional seasoning, fresh chopped garlic and parsley can be added. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Top pasta with bolognese, and enjoy!
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