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The Carmel Foundation’s mission is to provide a place for seniors to gather and enjoy a variety of activities and services in an environment of respect and camaraderie.
The Big Idea
Provide our community’s seniors with affordable, nutritious home-cooked meals in an environment of respect and camaraderie.
Our Big Idea is to serve over 21,000 meals next year to seniors on the Monterey Peninsula. Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15-50% of the elderly population. Via the Foundation’s meal programs, nutritious home-cooked meals will be provided to seniors in our community at an affordable rate. By offering delicious food, seniors not only benefit from good nutrition, but also the camaraderie that results from dining with their peers. Volunteer lunchroom hostesses welcome diners and volunteer pianists provide lively music to enhance the dining experience. In effort to expand our offerings and increase senior nutrition and socialization, the Foundation has started offering limited on-site breakfast service.
For those homebound, meals are packaged and delivered every other week by their volunteer driver. This not only provides a homebound senior with supplemental meals, but also provides welcomed conversation with their friendly volunteer, many of which have been volunteering for years and have established relationships with the recipients. As we do not accept government funding, we rely on the generosity of others to help offset the $281,000 annual deficit.
“The homebound meal program has been amazing for my life…It’s been critical to me to know that my mother has been getting good, nutritious wholesome meals that she enjoys.”