Meals on Wheels

Hot, Nutritious Meals Are A Real Life Saver!

Now serving all South San Mateo County from Belmont through East Palo Alto!

Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 1,300 hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in south San Mateo County who are unable to cook for themselves.

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. has provided Meals on Wheels to San Mateo County residents since 1978. We are dedicated and determined that seniors shall not go hungry!

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

Actually, anyone can use this service, but there are many people for whom Meals on Wheels is completely or partially subsidized. We will try to fit you in with any subsidized meal program that we can. If you ever have any concerns about qualifying for the service, please call the Meals on Wheels office.

San Mateo County Aging & Adult Services (Older Americans Act):This program is available to qualified adults who are 60 years of age or older, primarily homebound, and unable to shop for and/or prepare meals for themselves and lack caregiver assistance that can aid in the provision of meals. There is no charge to you for these meals; we would appreciate a donation if you are able to do so.

San Mateo County Aging & Adult Services Supplemental Meals on Wheels: This program is available to individuals that are between the ages of 18-59 with a disability. They must be homebound because of incapacitating disability and/or illness; lack caregiver assistance; be able to live at home if meals are provided, but unable to prepare or obtain nutritious meals; and be assessed with a nutritional risk rating of 6+ (per California Department of Aging definition). These individuals must pay $2.00 per meal.

Sequoia Community Care Program: This program is available to adults who are discharged from Sequoia Hospital. Meals on Wheels provides meals to adults age 50 and over, who have been identified by Sequoia Hospital staff as needing additional support to have a safe transition home and who are in danger or re-hospitalization. Program participants do not need to be homebound and may have caregiver assistance. The service is limited to a maximum of 4 weeks. There is no charge to you for these meals; we would appreciate a donation if you are able to do so.

The Peninsula Circle of Care Program: Supports older adults in their journey from leaving the hospital to achieving wellness at home, in harmony with their goals and preferences. Get the community services you need. This program is for San Mateo County residents age 65 and older who are patients at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. This program is designed to help people who may need extra support upon leaving the hospital. For more information, including referrals, please call Peninsula Circle of Care at 650-240-8004.

WHAT IF I DON'T QUALIFY FOR SUBSIDIZED MEALS?

You are still welcome to use the Meals on Wheels service for yourself or others in your household (or for family or friends to whom you would want to give the gift of these meals). You can purchase services from our Meals on Wheels office.

WHO PAYS FOR THIS SERVICE?

Each meal costs about $14 to prepare, package and deliver to your door. Since the program is only partially supported by Peninsula Volunteers, along with some San Mateo County and Sequoia Healthcare District funding, we suggest a donation of $4.75 per meal. Additional donations are greatly appreciated; these help us extend the service to more people.

No one is turned away because of the inability to donate. If you are concerned about your ability to donate, call the Meals on Wheels office.

HOW DO I APPLY?
If you live in one of the following communities call 650-323-2022 to apply for service:

    ATHERTON
    BELMONT
    EAST PALO ALTO
    MENLO PARK
    PORTOLA VALLEY
    REDWOOD CITY
    SAN CARLOS
    WOODSIDE
    Elsewhere in San Mateo County, call 1-800-675-8437.


Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels is a member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America.www.mowaa.org

WHAT ARE THE MEALS LIKE?
Each meal provides 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of nutritional requirements. Our meals are low in fat, salt, sugar and provide adequate dietary fiber. Designed by our own Nutritionist and approved by a Dietician, the menus emphasize the use of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. The meals are prepared and packaged in the kitchen of Peninsula Volunteers Little House, where cooking is mostly from scratch.

CAN I GET HELP WITH MY DIET?
The Meals on Wheels nutritionist is available to work with you regarding your personal nutrition needs. She can provide expert advice about salt intake, diabetes control, weight loss or weight gain, etc. You can arrange a consultation by calling the Meals on Wheels Office. Nutritional counseling about your individual diet with a Registered Dietician is available to you upon your request.

WHAT IF I NEED HELP WITH SOMETHING BESIDES NUTRITION?
Our Assessment Specialist will make an appointment to visit with you in your home shortly before you begin receiving meals. She will discuss your health condition and living situation with you, and provide you with information about other services you may want or need. We will contact you periodically to see how you are getting along and you can call anytime with questions or concerns.

HOW DO I CANCEL THE SERVICE?
Call the office to cancel the meal service. To resume service, please call two full days before you wish to begin receiving meals again. If you have been off the program for more than 30 days you will need to re-apply for service in order to resume the meal delivery.

For more information, call 650-323-2022.

Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels is funded in part with support from these sponsors:
Older Americans Act through the County of San Mateo, County of San Mateo CDBGSecond Harvest Food BankSequoia Healthcare District, Dignity Health/Sequoia Hospital Foundation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services Peninsula Circle of Care, Putnam Subaru, and Facebook.