We support homebound elders to maintain their health and dignity, and to live independently in the comfort and security of their own homes.
We serve homebound senior citizens who have one or more chronic health conditions that prevent their preparing nutritious daily meals for themselves.
Senior citizens aged 70 and older, are the fastest growing population segment in Contra Costa County. Many are homebound and unable to obtain nutritious daily meals to maintain their health and remain independent in the comfort and security of their own homes. Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa must find the community resources to meet this rapidly growing need.
Who We Help
The average Meals on Wheels participant in West Contra Costa County is 65 years old, lives alone or with a family member, and has one or more chronic health conditions that prevents them from preparing or shopping for nutritious daily meals. Most live below the Bay Area basic low-income standards and many must choose among paying for food, medicines, rent or utilities with their meager resources. The meals are overseen by the Senior Nutrition Program which services homebound elders countywide Meals on Wheels Program.
Founded in 1971, Reverend Palmer Watson started making sandwiches for the elder community and would serve the meals out of the MacArthur Community Church. Since then, Meals on Wheels of West Contra Costa has grown to approximately 380 clients daily. No longer making only sandwiches, but we continue to provide nutritious meals to our clients.