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:
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 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.
Meals on Wheels America, is the community based organization dedicated to providing nutrition and helping to eliminate isolation to the elderly. It supports more than 5,000 communities across the United States. Situated in Arlington, Virginia, the Meals on Wheels America is headed by President and CEO Ellie Hollander. It is the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs across the country. Meals on Wheels America is a non-profit organization which works towards improving information and services provided to senior citizens.
The vision of Meals on Wheels of America is to see no senior go hungry. Approximately 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 each day. One-quarter will live to the age of 90. Many will not be able to keep up with daily tasks. According to the website, these seniors represent the fastest growing population segment in the U.S. A major factor in living longer is that cost of living increases and funds do not. This becomes a contributing factor for seniors in the decision to sell their homes to move into a nursing facility. Meals on Wheels provides a solution to this issue by providing meals to seniors at a fraction of the cost of living in a senior facility. Through this program, billions of dollars are saved everyday in Medicare and Medicaid costs annually. The greatest benefit of the Meals on Wheels program is that it provides seniors with improved health, security, and independence.
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