OUR IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY
Since 1970, Meals on Wheels San Francisco continues to provide a network of services that allows thousands of seniors to live in their homes with dignity and independence as long as possible.
When we provide nutritious meals and daily safety checks for homebound seniors, we reduce risks associated with loneliness, depression, and falls. We are the ONLY ORGANIZATION in San Francisco that offers TWO HOME-DELIVERED MEALS a day, 7 DAYS a week, that are nutritionally-tailored to meet the dietary needs of seniors.
Additionally, we provide:
- Home-Delivered Meals
- Home-Delivered Groceries
- Nutrition Counseling Services
- Well-being and Safety Checks
- Social Work and Case Management — home visits and referrals to critical outside services
- Minor Home Repair, Home Safety and Urgent Needs — ongoing distribution of grab bars, smoke detectors, microwaves, and refrigerators
- Friendly Social Caller and Grocery Shopper Volunteer programs
In 2019 with your support, we were able to deliver:
Our programs and services fulfill a moral and economic imperative to care for seniors in the most cost-effective way possible. Studies show that by keeping seniors in their homes we remove a costly burden on seniors, their families, and the American taxpayers. One 2009 study found that if every state increased the number of older Americans who received meals by just 1 percent, it would have saved Medicaid more than $109 million a year.
WE’RE MORE THAN MEALS
According to Meals on Wheels America, 1 in 5 seniors feels lonely. The negative effects of loneliness on health are similar to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. At MOWSF, we pair our meal delivery program with on-site wellness checks ensuring older adults in our community are safe and have what they need to thrive independently. In 2019, we provided:
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Our volunteer-run Home-Delivered Groceries program, in partnership with the SF-Marin Food Bank, grew by 70% in 2019, and is now serving nearly 500 older adults each week. Volunteers are key to our ability to providing services that matter for older adults aging in place in the city.
Who Are Our Clients?
Where Do Our Clients Live?
Tenderloin = 24%
South of Market, Civic Center = 19%
Richmond, Sunset, Forest Hill = 14%
Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill = 12%
Pacific Heights, Western Addition = 10%
Mission, Upper Market = 9%
Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Nob Hill = 7%
Excelsior, Ingleside = 5%
Meet Judy, a Meals on Wheels client: After her husband died, Judy was alone living on the streets. Today, she’s living in a new apartment and relies on Meals on Wheels SF to help her stay nourished and healthy.