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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels, Nutrition, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: We are a community based, non-profit public-benefit organization, committed to enhancing wellness by providing quality nutritious meals, nutrition education, coordinating community resources and referrals for our homebound clients enabling them to maintain their independence and quality of life.Meals on Wheels helps our homebound neighbors by delivering two meals daily right to their doorstep.  Meals that they are unable to shop for or prepare.  Meals that many can’t otherwise afford.  The daily visits of our volunteers reassure our homebound clients that we care, and the volunteers help us ensure the well-being of our clients, as well.

Target demographics: seniors and those with mobility limitations

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 clients.

Geographic areas served: Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Venice

Programs: home delivery of nutritious meals along with fresh produce, local newspaper and a caring smile to reduce hunger and isolation among homebound neighbors.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I LOVED volunteering for Meals on Wheels West. The staff are incredible: efficient and effective, so volunteers are utilized well and given appreciation from the staff as well as the clients. I've done volunteering with a number of organizations and MOW by far is the best at volunteer management. The service they provide is so necessary to the clients and it is rewarding to be involved.

1 Rachel63

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Seniors are so thankful for your loving care and warm meals! R Barnett

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 5 years and have led a corporate team of volunteers. I really enjoy delivering meals and getting to know the clients. This is a truly live-saving service and the organization is great. The staff is enthusiastic and great to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for 13 years and know first hand what a huge difference this organization makes! They even feed the pets of their homebound clients!

tish

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pride and pleasure to serve as a volunteer both delivering meals and as a member of the Board of Directors for the past 8 or so years. This organization is vital to the seniors and shut ins everywhere. Delivering the meals is important, of course, but the face to face contact we provide could be their only one of the day. I can't imagine a world without this "human service"!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a volunteer and a donor to Meals-on-wheels for 15 years. The people I come in contact with weekly are so appreciative of the meals they receive as well as the interaction with caring volunteers. Meals-on-wheels has a supportive staff that makes sure the client's needs are met professionally and with great concern for their well-being. This is an established organization that is run well and really works to the advantage of everybody involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to deliver meals for MOW am very impressed by the determination of their staff in making sure that those in need receive a good meal. I was personally surprised that the need was so real even in an affluent area where I live. You take your 3 meals a day for granted and often forget that many elderly people do not have family to make sure that they get theirs! I met many very appreciative people to whom that knock on the door was extremely important, not only the meal but the friendly face at the door.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Santa Monica College Rotaract Club students have great experiences helping Santa Monica MOW deliver meals. As a faculty advisor, I commend the effectiveness of this nonprofit in helping the disabled residents in our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels West is a wonderful organization that is greatly needed in the community. I volunteered for them by working in their office in addition to delivering meals to the clients. I have experienced firsthand how much the clients appreciate the service and the thoughtfulness behind it. The human contact is something that these people look forward to everyday and I enjoyed getting to know the people on my meal route. Along with the CEO/Director RoseMary Regalbuto, I was able to implement a plan to deliver emergency meal kits as well as a one-on-one emergency action plan, both for use in the event of an emergency. While delivering these kits, I could tell that emergency preparedness was not something the clients normally thought about. Multiple people cried out of gratitude as they felt like someone cared about their well-being.

Liz Adams

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first experienced Meals on Wheels West when I volunteered at their annual Havana Night fundraiser. Everyone was very friendly, and the event was great! Since, I have continued to work with Meals on Wheels West and still love the organization. The people who work there are fun-loving and caring. Everyone really cares about the clients served and it shows by the excellent work everyone does and their willingness to go overboard for the cause.