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SPOTLIGHTON

Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children who, in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Meals on Wheels Orange County do?

Meals on Wheels Orange County has been the largest nonprofit senior nutrition and supportive service provider in Orange County for more than 50 years. Currently serving 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 at-risk older adults per month, Meals on Wheels Orange County delivers programs and services that reduce hunger and improve wellness so that seniors may live independently in the homes and communities they love. The nonprofit’s mission is to nourish the wellness, purpose and dignity of seniors and their families in our community.

How do adults qualify for services?

Traditionally, home-delivered meals are intended for homebound older adults age 60-plus who are not able to cook for themselves and meet some additional criteria. Interested individuals should submit an inquiry form online at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/covid-19-mow-form/ and will then be contacted by a Meals on Wheels OC representative to assess eligibility.

Grab & Go meals are available for pick-up at many local senior and community centers for anyone age 60 and over with proper identification. If individuals are unable to pick up meals on-site themselves, they may have someone pick up meals on their behalf as long as that person has the ID for the individual for whom the meals are intended.

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Due to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels has delivered 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 vulnerable seniors each month

How many adults/kids does Meals on Wheels impact annually?

Meals on Wheels Orange County previously served nearly one million meals to more than 10,000 at-risk older adults each year. However, due to COVID-19 that number has skyrocketed to 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 vulnerable seniors each month.

What services are available?

Meals on Wheels Orange County currently offers two meal programs in Central and North Orange County. Traditional home-delivered Meals on Wheels are delivered to the homes of older adults age 60 and over who are not able to cook for themselves and meet additional criteria. Grab & Go frozen meals are available to anyone age 60 and over for pick-up at local senior and community centers.

Adult Day Services are community-based services that support both the medical and social needs of individuals who are living at home but need daytime assistance for their health and safety. Meals on Wheels Orange County’s two adult day health care centers welcome adults facing challenges with their daily life and physical or mental health that comes with aging, managing a health condition, or a physical limitation. Their person-centered care means they are prepared to handle a range of complex medical conditions and offer nursing care, medication management, physical occupational or speech therapy, counseling, eating assistance and more.

The Buena Park center welcomes those with dementia or with behavioral conditions needing assistance and care in a supervised, caring environment. As a “social program,” this center is primarily aimed at providing social opportunities, recreation, meals and friendship in a safe environment.

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Grab & Go frozen meals are available to anyone age 60 and over for pick-up at local senior and community centers

Why donate to Meals on Wheels?

Thousands of older adults in Orange County have become newly vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to safely leave their homes. In September alone, Meals on Wheels served nearly 200,000 meals – the same amount typically served over seven months. Meeting this unprecedented surge in need is only possible through donations. 

How to give to Meals on Wheels?

Donations can be made online at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org, or by mailing a check to 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA 92801.

Can I volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are there?

Volunteer needs are very dynamic and change weekly. They always accept interest forms and will reach out to prospective volunteers as opportunities arise. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit an application at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/volunteer-sign-up/.

What are Meals on Wheels’ major fundraisers and when do they take place?

Meals on Wheels participates in online fundraisers: Giving Tuesday in November, and a collaborative fundraiser called Preserving Dignity, which usually happens in July. 

The major fundraiser is the annual Senior Care Hero Awards, an Academy Awards-style gala celebrating the organizations and individuals dedicated to serving older adults in the community. Due to COVID-19, the 10th anniversary event was postponed until October 16, 2021. 

As a replacement to the Senior Care Hero Awards this year, Meals on Wheels created a virtual event called Step Up to the Plate, which included a documentary about our community in action during the pandemic.

Locations

While Meals on Wheels operates out of their corporate office in Anaheim, Grab & Go services operate out of various senior and community centers throughout central and north Orange County. View list of locations here: www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/covid-19-lunch-cafe/.

Names of the leadership group

Management Team

Holly Hagler – President and CEO

Darla Olson – Vice President of Advancement

Jane Roth – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Gio Corzo – Vice President of Home & Care Services

Board of Directors

Earle Zucht – Board Chair

Scott Heinila – Vice Chair

Stuart M. Moss, MBA – Past Chair

Corey Saenz – Secretary

DeVon Wiens, CPA – Treasurer

Meals on Wheels Orange County

Main office:

1200 N. Knollwood Circle

Anaheim, CA 92801

714.220.0224

www.mealsonwheelsoc.org

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