MEALS ON WHEELS OF SAN FRANCISCO

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 1375 Fairfax Ave San Francisco CA 94124 USA

Mission: To provide isolated seniors with nutritious meals, daily human contact, and supportive services. To foster independent living with dignity in the homebound senior population.
Target demographics: Homebound seniors in San Francisco
Geographic areas served: Greater San Francisco Metropolitain Area
Programs: Your generosity provides meals to more than 1,600 San Francisco seniors each day; but there are still so many others who need our help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Meals on Wheels organization is very well run by people with terrific attitudes who truly walk their talk. I have seen the results of their work firsthand and can testify that they provide an invaluable serivce in keeping seniors healthy and independent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've watched seniors maintain their dignity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow them to serve more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

San Francisco Meals on Wheels is a first rate operation. I've been a supporter for years, as long as I can remember having money to donate. The organization is run with maximum efficiency. Greater than 80% of each dollar contributed goes directly to serving the clients. My family and I volunteered to deliver meals on Thanksgiving this year (2010) so the paid regular drivers could take some well needed time off. The Meals on Wheels staff were well organized to enable 400+ "non-professional" volunteers to deliver 1200 meals in one morning. I don't know a single charity that is doing as much work for this underserved community of seniors. The MOW service is not just meal delivery but friendly visitors, grocery shoppers, nutritional counseling, a home safety program (railings, grab bars, smoke detectors, etc.), social work and intensive case management. For 40 years, Meals on Wheels San Francisco has set the standard for alleviating the financial and emotional costs of premature and/or inappropriatei nstitutionalization of seniors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working directly with clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way to raise more money to expand the support to an ever growing senior and disabled population.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Meals on Wheels of San Francisco is a formidable organization which communicates and fulfills its mission with excellence. I have visited their facility on several occasions, delivered meals to their clients with a veteran driver, and attended several of their fundraising events over the past few years. I see first-hand that MOWSF effectively utilizes their resources to provide for homebound seniors through several means, including the delivery of meals, social services, and human compassion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

client satisfaction of meal delivery, exceeding fundraising goals in key events, monthly review of financials and qualitative goals at board of directors meetings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

upgrade infrastructure to allow for the servicing of more clients in the future

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Rating: 5 stars  

Meals On Wheels does a superb job providing necessary services for our senior population in SF. By running an efficient organization, they are able to provide daily meals and other support services to those seniors who are homebound thereby allowing them to live at home as long as possible. My grandparents were able to do just that thanks to Meals On Wheels. The senior population is only going to keep growing as the baby boomers age so our ongoing support continues to be critical.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

delivering meals, participating in the success of so many different fundraising events, working closely with the staff as a board member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

clone them....they are a great group of people who care deeply about their mission which shows in their work every day!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of Meals on Wheels for over 30 years. The organization is first class. The service that they provide is amazing. The volunteers, the board of directors and the people that actually prepared the food for the clients/patients are saints.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, furthermore my wife is the president of the board

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Every thing that they do goes over and beyond the line of duty

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at MOW's annual gala and it is an incredble event! Very well planned and executed. Staff and volunteers pull off a great party every time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going on meal delivery runs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It's great as is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved with Meals on Wheels for over six years and dine different things with them. We had the privilege of going on a run with them and saw first hand what their service means to their clients We have been most impressed with every aspect of their operation. They really care about their clients and expend every effort to makeTtheir lives easier. They are very organized in all aspects of their operations and do not waste either time or money. they provide an enormous service for an amazing number of people and create good will everywhere in the community. We feel it is the top service organization in our city and feel very proud to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When we were installing black boxes for outdated television screens which were donated to their clients by Meals on Wheels. Also we went went on a run and delivered food to their clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We can't think of any

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved with Meals on Wheels for over six years and dine different things with them. We had the privilege of going on a run with them and saw first hand what their service means to their clients We have been most impressed with every aspect of their operation. They really care about their clients and expend every effort to makeTtheir lives easier. They are very organized in all aspects of their operations and do not waste either time or money. they provide an enormous service for an amazing number of people and create good will everywhere in the community. We feel it is the top service organization in our city and feel very proud to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When we were installing black boxes for outdated television screens which were donated to their clients by Meals on Wheels. Also we went went on a run and delivered food to their clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We can't think of any

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past 8+ years, I have volunteered for numerous fundraising events hosted by Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. Their staff are organized, attentive and appreciative of the work of their volunteers. The events are fun despite the gravity of their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the appreciation on the faces of the people they support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none come to mind.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Meals on Wheels SF has been nothing but positive. I've participated as a chef at the annual gala dinner for many years, as well as other events. I always look forward to MOW events because they are very organized and professional, but foremost MOW makes a difference and the organization really show that all the efforts, both of staff and volunteers matter and produce results. There are many organizations out there that look for volunteers and contributions, and they all have their worthy cause, but I will always go out of my way to help MOW and they will always on the top of my list.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing their relentless dedication to the organization, as well as innovative collaboration with donors and chef volunteers. They recognize the situation we are in and never look for just a "hand out". At the gala dinner I see people come back year after year, as well as new donors. I always feel appriciated and respected for my efforts and MOW always make sure that no matter how small your contribution is, you always feel like you made a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are always changes to be made and I feel MOW constanly is working to improve all facets of the operation. I just hope that I can contribute for a long time.

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