Meals on Wheels by ACC

Reviewed in 2021 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

100% complete

$70,000 Goal

As the aging population increases, so does the escalating problem of senior hunger and isolation. Almost 9.5 million seniors across the country are threatened by hunger and food insecurity. In Northern California, where the cost of living is higher than the national average, thousands of seniors are at risk of hunger and isolation, not knowing when and how they will get their next meal. As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for meals is at an all-time high. Local seniors are more isolated and at risk because of these challenging times, and they rely on our program as a lifeline for their meals, safety net services, and more.

Meals on Wheels by ACC was founded in July 2010 in response to the urgent and growing need to care for homebound seniors. When Sacramento County's Senior Nutrition Services decided ended service, Meals on Wheels by ACC became a non-profit organization to answer the need. Meals on Wheels by ACC provides meals and related services to seniors aged 60 and better throughout Sacramento County.

Currently, over 2,700 meals are served every weekday, with almost half a million meals served annually through our home-delivered meal program. Before the pandemic, we operated 20 congregate meal sites for seniors, also known as our All Seasons Cafes. However, we have had to suspend sit-down operations and instead offer drive through and walk-up curbisde pick up of meals at 13 locations. Once it is safe again to provide sit-down service, we will open up the Cafes.

There is a different meal every weekday of the month, and all menus are planned by our in-staff registered dietitian to ensure that all nutritional standards and guidelines are met. The menu changes daily with a variety of entrées, vegetables and fruit, and each meal provides 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intake to help seniors get the nutrition they need. Home-delivered meal participants receive meals for 7 days a week since January 2022.

In addition to nutritious meals, our seniors benefit from friendly face-to-face personal visits with delivery drivers and volunteers who regularly check in on their well-being and link them with vital community resources and safety net services like fall prevention. Meals on Wheels volunteers are the heart of our program and serve as the caring eyes and ears to help seniors stay at home and live healthier, happier, and safer lives. With the help of hundreds of supporters and volunteers, our program has been able to uphold our caring tradition of delivering nutrition services and more to the homes of frail, homebound and socially isolated seniors. Volunteers serve as meal delivery drivers, office help, pick-up site help, and special events volunteers. Group and corporate volunteers hold pet food drives, donate hats and scarves and blankets for our holiday Project Warm Wishes program, and help in many other ways. Before the pandemic we usually had 500 volunteers; 250 were "regulars" who volunteered weekly or biweekly. Another 250 were volunteers for special events. Currently we have about 120 volunteers and are building back our volunteer program. Regular volunteer drivers are especially critical to deliver meals on our "hot routes," in which seniors receive a hot meal every weekday.

In addition to serving meals, our highly trained case worker team endeavor to ensure that program participants receive vital safety net services and valuable community resources that can help their safety and well-being. They make referrals to food banks, housing resources, utilities assistance, and more. We also understand how pets can improve the quality of life for homebound seniors, and through our AniMeals program, we provide cat and dog food for the furry friends of our program participants as well.

We also provide some small home safety equipment such as night lights, safe shower mats, shower chairs, fans and more items to help ensure seniors are safe in their homes. A partnership with Rebuilding Together means that some seniors receive home safety modifications, such as repairing unsafe steps or installing grab bars.  

Meals on Wheels by ACC, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and led by a volunteer Board of Directors. We believe that all seniors should be allowed to continue living at home independently, with dignity and respect. We strive to help seniors avoid premature institutional care and improve their quality of life, social well-being, and independence.

Mission

Our mission is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of Sacramento area older adults through nutritional programs that include assessment of needs, education, supportive services, and assistance to families and caregivers.

Needs

Meals on Wheels by ACC helps make it possible for over 2,700 seniors in Sacramento County to live a nourished life with independence and dignity. As the aging population increases, and more seniors experience increased disabilities and financial strain, the need for our program's services is growing. Meals on Wheels by ACC depends on local community support and individuals to assure the caring continues. Monetary donations, volunteers, and compassionate hearts are the key to help meet the nutritional and social needs of our deserving seniors. Donations are needed most to continue and expand program services so that we can serve more meals through home-delivery and at our congregate meal sites in order to ensure that no senior goes hungry.

Meals on Wheels by ACC also accepts many other types of in-kind gifts ranging from personal hygiene items, new personal items like gloves, robes, and blankets, handmade placemats, cards, and other items to brighten the lives of our seniors. There are many opportunities for school classrooms, employee groups, scout troops, churches, and community organizations to get involved.

Along with delivering meals to homebound seniors, we also provide dog and cat food for their furry friends! Thanks to our AniMeals program, seniors and their pets don't have to go hungry, because this program provides pet food along with home-delivered meals. The seniors we serve often face difficulty preparing meals for themselves, let alone their pets, and we found that many participants were sharing their meals with their pets as a result. The AniMeals program allows pets and their humans to get the nutrition they both deserve. To support this program, we accept monetary donations as well as donations of unexpired and unopened canned or dry dog and cat food. We never have enough cat food!

Space is always in short supply, especially during the pandemic. Service locations, meeting rooms, and hosts for special activities are regularly needed. In order to serve meals throughout Sacramento County, locations are needed to heat up meals, distribute meals to volunteer drivers, host curbside or drive through meal pick ups, and other service needs. Without the support of our community partners, Meals on Wheels by ACC would not be able to provide the nutritional services to seniors in need throughout the area. In addition, with so many volunteers working each day, Meals on Wheels by ACC needs meeting rooms on occasion to conduct volunteer trainings and to hold and conduct special events. Being able to utilize available space in the community keeps services costs down and helps promote the vital role collaborations play in our community in serving others.

Sponsorships are available to help demonstrate the caring community that we live, play, and work. Sponsors to help hold an event, cover specific program costs, host volunteer activities, and/or purchase food supplies and equipment are always appreciated. Please call Meals on Wheels at (916) 444-9533 for available opportunities.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Meals on Wheels by ACC

other names

MoW

Tax id (EIN)

30-0610870

Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$5,000,0001-$10 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, In-Kind Donations, Other, Space: Office or Other

Address

7375 Park City Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831

Service areas 0

Sacramento, CA, US

Phone

916-444-9533

fax

916-394-9156

Social Media 0

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