Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula is guided by the belief that a person's health reflects the nurturing of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Our programs are dedicated to promoting the physical, social, and personal well-being and independence of seniors, homebound frail elderly and disabled adults on the Monterey Peninsula. Programs and services enable people to enjoy good health and the highest quality of living as long as possible.
The Big Idea
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula is dedicated to promoting the physical, social, and personal well-being and independence of seniors, and other homebound and disabled adults on the Monterey Peninsula. Programs and services enable people to enjoy good health and the highest quality of living in their homes as long as possible. Meals on Wheels is able to provide two-and-a-half meals per day, five days a week (plus an extra meal for the weekend) to clients. Caring volunteers not only deliver food but conduct a daily wellness check and offer daily socialization to homebound clients, who are especially isolated during the pandemic. Of home-delivered meal clients, 87 percent are low-income and 22 percent live in poverty.
I’ve always been an athletic, extremely active senior citizen who never gave a thought to agencies who might provide necessary service for our homebound or sick older population. Last year, I needed major surgery and had a rude awakening about how frightening and vulnerable that can be. My main concern was shopping and cooking, which I simply couldn’t do. Then in a truly uplifting moment I learned about the wonder of Meals on Wheels. What a gift! There is a small army of dedicated volunteers who cheerfully deliver three meals a day to anyone who needs their service. And wondrously, cost is based on what one can afford, or free if necessary. In a world that so many times gets shattered by the grief by incomprehensible evil, such goodness gives a deeper meaning to a program based only on compassion.
- Olivia Morgan