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Dear Community,

Our Meals on Wheels program is one of the most critical of the wrap-around services we provide to our seniors, and we consistently operate in this role with the highest expectations for compassion and integrity. We are proud to have not missed a day of service during this pandemic.

 

We continue to operate the entire organization under the rigid physician-recommended protocols we have employed since the onset of the pandemic. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, volunteers, and staff and will continue to adjust as necessary. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols and remain resilient as we make food security a reality for 29,000 Sonoma.

 

Respectfully,

Marrianne McBride

President and CEO

Council on Aging

Meals on Wheels

For information, or to begin nutritious meal deliveries, please call 707.525.0143 x115.

Meals on Wheels works! Just ask our clients, who receive daily meals from our Meals on Wheels. They depend on the meals being delivered every day because they can’t prepare their own meals anymore, and can’t get out to shop for food. In addition, the daily check-in by a driver is invaluable.

 

“Thank you for helping me stay independent. It is difficult at my age of 89 years.”
—Julie, client

“My mother has gained weight and alertness. Your program is wonderful, and has improved all our lives.”
—Mary, daughter of a client

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Blueberries on the vine

About our Program

 

Since 1977, Council on Aging has operated the largest meal program for seniors in Sonoma County.

 

The Council on Aging Senior Nutrition Services provides over 285,000 meals annually to seniors in need in the following five programs: Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining, Senior Social Club/Adult Day Respite Program, and Weekend Meals. These meals reach our most vulnerable, food insecure seniors. The meals provide one third of the recommended dietary requirements for seniors. For many clients, it is their only meal of the day.

Council on Aging is committed to reducing food insecurity in the elderly. The commitment costs over a million dollars annually. Only 38% of the program is supplemented by the federal government. We must rely on the support and generosity of the community to cover the remaining costs of the program.

 

A nutritious diet is the cornerstone to maintaining health and quality of life. We serve a heart-healthy, no added salt, low-fat meal (based on their preferences) to ALL of our recipients.

 

To see what is being served this month for Meals on Wheels, just click here!

 

The Meals on Wheels program is so much more than just a meal. Our program helps seniors stay in their homes, maintaining their independence and happiness. A daily check by a Meals on Wheels driver allows monitoring for potential problems, falls and accidents. When a senior signs up for Meals on Wheels, they also receive access to other programs operated by Council on Aging including Social Services, Financial Services, Care & Case Management, Senior Peer Support, and Adult Day Social Programs.

A registered dietitian may provide nutritional counseling for at-risk seniors. Vegetarian or Diabetic & Heart Friendly meals are available for those who require modification of their diets. All of these services help seniors stay healthy, reducing costly acute hospital stays.

Got questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page.

Are you a pet owner? Click here to learn more about the Kibbles of Kindness Program.

NEW Intergenerational Program

Companion Lunch Program for Meals on Wheels Clients

What is it?

With our new companion lunch program, Meals on Wheels clients will be matched with a

volunteer who will come to their home to share a meal, great conversation, and some fun

activities. All meals and activities will be provided by the Council on Aging.

Why?

Many homebound seniors have been isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past two

years, leading to feelings of loneliness. We hope that by bringing a volunteer to these senior’s

homes, we can bring a greater sense of purpose and community to their lives. Additionally,

volunteers from younger generations will have the opportunity to further understand and learn

from their elders during these meals.

Program Requirements

- Age 60 or better ‘

- Current Meals On Wheels client

- A desire for company and conversation

If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Noelle Johnson 707-525-0143 x129 or njohnson@councilonaging.com

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