MissionThe Carmel Foundation's mission is to provide a place for members to gather and enjoy a variety of activities in an environment of respect and camaraderie; it's a place to call home.
The Big IdeaAccording to the California Commission on Aging, the current allocated state funding serves fewer than 6 percent of food-insecure elders whose lives could improve with access to congregate or home-delivered meals. Our big idea is to help mitigate this issue by providing access to affordable meals to over 3,200 of our community's seniors. Chefs arrive at 4:30am to begin preparing homemade, delicious food. Lunch enjoyed onsite not only provides good nutrition, but also an opportunity for seniors to socialize with their peers, quelling the loneliness often associated with growing older. Warmly greeted by a lunch room hostess, individuals are welcomed with open arms for good food shared with good friends. For those home-bound, receiving delicious meals via a volunteer provides an opportunity for friendly conversation as well as the chance to see what other services may be needed by the recipient. As The Carmel Foundation does not accept government funding, we rely solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations in our community to help offset the $292,000 deficit and support the vital services provided to those in our community.
"If it weren't for the lunch program, I'd be in big trouble. I live alone and I'm not too good in the kitchen."
- anonymous - regular lunch room attendee