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Meals On Wheels West

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Human Services, 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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

MOWW is a powerful-good organization whose service in our area is duplicated by none. Our home bound clients are gratified daily to welcome their Meals On Wheels volunteer (and not friend) to their home to deliver nutritious meals, the mail, a newspaper, and very welcome conversation. As they like to say, "Changing Lives, One Smile At a Time."

Their administrative organization is small, active, warm, and unpretentious, led by the dynamic CEO RoseMary Regalbuto. Honestly, Meals On Wheels West is a fine organization doing exceptional work for so many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer 14 years ago and became so devoted to the organization that I became a board member. Volunteering for MOWW was the most fulfilling thing I had ever done in my life. The impact I made from sharing a few minutes with a homebound person gave me goosebumps on a regular basis. I am now enjoying running the pet program which started with a grant from Miss Lilly's Trading Company. It pays for specialty food and some vet care such as flee medication and check ups. We also get a generous amount of food donated from Centinela Feed and the pets seem to love their Lotus brand food.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe in this organization and all that it does for the community. Please support the work of Meals On Wheels West.

Hu J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing!! Seeing the smiles on the seniors' faces...Priceless!!! The staff is incredible. I recommend volunteering at this event 100 times over!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meals on wheels west is a vital compassionate member of our community helping those in need. Thank you.-

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels West is a great org. We deliver meals AND smiles. Our volunteers are dedicated hard working people of all walks of life and our clients...great people

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Meals On Wheels West in Santa Monica can be trusted to take care of homebound seniors.

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"!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working with our elderly community for 30 years. This program has consistently served the frailest and most needy.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been supporting this program for over 30 years. They have done so much for so many people. I learned about this agency when my neighbor was receiving Meals on Wheels. She fell one day and it was only the immediate call by the volunteer that brought the help she needed. What a great program for those that are homebound and not able to cook or even shop for food.

Margaret T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels West is a wonderful organization and the people that work there, and volunteers are amazing. I have some neighbors who have received meals from them (along with the daily newspaper) AND it has helped them stay healthy and living in their own homes.

Donor

Rating: 4

Meals on Wheels West is a great organization. the people there are great.

RoseMary R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank Meals On Wheels West enough for being there for me in my time of need. What would I have done without you? The food is good and definitely nutritious and I started feeling much better after a week. The volunteers are a god-send, and the newspapers and fresh fruit they bring along with the meals is very much appreciated

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Meals On Wheels West takes great care of my neighbor. She is always happy to see the volunteer that brings the meals.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For over 17 years, I have been a caregiver for my mother & aunt. From time to time, my mother's critical health concerns required lengthy hospital stays & discharge to convalescent facilities/nursing homes. During her stays at these facilities, her realization of her loss of independence, lack of mobility & being bed-bound was heightened and absolutely demoralized her. Hope & motivation was disappearing for her and the plight of spending her days in a nursing home was overwhelming her, her sister and myself. With my family's consent, I applied for home-delivered meals. Meals on Wheels West was a great solution in allowing my mother to remain in the comfort of her own bed and home. The home-delivery of meals and a visit from the volunteers complemented my efforts as a caregiver. With her passing a few years ago, I now live with and care for my homebound aunt of 84 years of age. Her illness has mandated much of her time bed bound as well. Presently, I am able to manage my work, personal time and the care I must provide to make my aunt's life enjoyable. From time to time, I have been able to volunteer for Meals on Wheels West and my experience of delivering meals to the seniors and disabled, of all ages, has been a rewarding experience. As I leave their homes with a smile, I am amazed that I always feel that I just received something from them. My world becomes a little brighter when they greet me with joy and appreciation for their daily meal & my visit which maybe the only personal contact that they may have all day. I sometimes believe my time volunteering with the meal delivery is actually therapeutic for me. As a caregiver, I have explored many options for support and ways to understand my caregiving role in life. I truly understand the emotional needs of the aging and disabled persons. The need for self-esteem and a sense of independence is so important to every person. I get it as I have been a part of that life experience for so long. Meals on Wheels West is the absolute 'safety net' for the homebound person to remain healthy, vibrant and allow some independence to remain in their own homes surrounded by memories and security. The alternative are the institutions and facilities that I have come to abhor.

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.

6 mikemuson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels West is a wonderfully run and vitally important organization in its community. Service is provided with a smile and both the recipients and volunteers' hearts are warmed with a powerful and positive experience.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization, which provides more than meals to people in need of a healthy meal and a caring smile.

16

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my honor to be a part of this wonderful organization. I have been a fundraiser and board member for several years now and the assistance we offer to our clients is so appreciated and necessary. When you see the happy smiles on our clients as we deliver their meals and add companionship to what can be a lonely day, nothing is more satisfying. The organization is run with wonderful, caring staff who always put the client's needs first. I am very proud to be affiliated with Meals On Wheels and will continue to do so into the future.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rosemary does a great job, with passion! She inspires students from the Rotaract Club to experience the joys of giving back.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amzing organization and group of people. I love it. I wish everybody treated me as MOWW does. Im going to their Annual Casino and Silent Auction in October at Loews Hotel. Its great!!! Still smiling when I think of last years

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels West is an exceptional organization, run by a very talented executive director Rose Mary Regalbuto, with professional staff. Rose Mary is in the community, everyone loves her and MOW provided a tremendous service to those in need !

13

Board Member

Rating: 5

By supplying nutritional needs of partner Meals-On-Wheels enabled me to care for him at home and continue working. Excellent organization.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MOW is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of it. I have done a lot of volunteer work and I find that the staff run a very organized, warm, and responsive office both for us as volunteers as well as the clients they serve. I also look forward to my Wednesday route!

15

Board Member

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization. The volunteers make such a positive difference in the lives of the clients. It is about much more than providing a hot nutritious meal - it is about providing a friendly supportive human contact. i have had the pleasure and privilege of going on volunteer meal deliveries and I have seen first hand how much the clients appreciate the food and the visit.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization that brightens the lives of so many folks who aren't able to get out. Meals on Wheels West has a very friendly staff who acts in a professional manner toward the clients and volunteers alike. It has been truly a pleasure to work with each person over the years.