Meals on Wheels Yolo County

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$85,718 raised by 388 donors

86% complete

$100,000 Goal

Meals on Wheels Yolo County (MOW Yolo) has served local seniors in need of nutritional support for 48 years, first as part of a St. John’s United Church of Christ program in Woodland, and by the mid-1970s as a more robust nonprofit gradually serving more of the county.  

Today, MOW Yolo nourishes more than 630 food insecure, isolated seniors countywide, and is the only provider in Yolo County of predictable, regularly scheduled, fully prepared and ready-to-eat meals for seniors. No social services provider other than MOW Yolo fully meets the needs of local seniors who are unable to travel to a grocery store or other food access location, and/or are physically unable to prepare their own food and do not have family or a caregiver to assist.

The program has grown by an astounding 65% in just the past year, with as many as 12,600 meals produced and delivered each month. Yet, MOW Yolo still is serving less than 8% of the senior population estimated to be food insecure in Yolo County, per 2020 U.S. Census statistics. Capacity investment, particularly in the ability for MOW Yolo to lease and support additional kitchen space, is essential to providing healthy meals for the as many as 8,100+ who await them.

 With your generosity, "Operation Accelerate:  Driving Kitchen Capacity" will make it possible for Meals on Wheels Yolo County to nourish thousands more seniors countywide in need of consistent nutrition and social contact.

The "Driving Kitchen Capacity" phase of the "Operation Accelerate" initiative provides for the myriad expenses related to establishing and sustaining the operations of our new, second kitchen facility in Winters, as well as continuing to maximize the food preparation capacity of MOW Yolo's pre-existing Central Kitchen in Woodland. Equipment, technology, staff, volunteer recruitment, meal delivery and transportation costs and, most importantly, FOOD, all are essential to creating nutritious, "home-cooked" meals for Yolo County's food insecure seniors. Your support on this Big Day of Giving is the link that connects MOW Yolo's actions with healthier outcomes for vulnerable, isolated aging adults in your community. This is in addition to ongoing pursuit of the original "Operation Accelerate" goals to:

  • Nourish more seniors with more meals
  • Nourish more nutritiously, preparing meals with more fresh and local foods 
  • Nourish more equitably, inclusive of ALL geographic areas of Yolo County, and with sensitivity for varying cultural approaches to senior nutrition and socialization

Yolo County thrives only when all residents are nourished, especially our elders, many of whom who've devoted their lives to shaping our community's economy and social structure. Your generous investment in Meals on Wheels Yolo County's "Operation Accelerate:  Driving Kitchen Capacity" gives them hope. Aren't they worth it? 

Giving Activity

Mission

To Nourish and Engage Seniors in Yolo County

Needs

Every $50 provides a vulnerable Yolo County senior citizen or mobility-limited resident with five hot and frozen healthy meals for a week. How many seniors will you assist, for how many weeks? At $2,500, you've nourished a local senior for a year!

"Operation Accelerate: Driving Kitchen Capacity" builds Meals on Wheels Yolo County's fortitude to increase the number of seniors served and expand program reach to more neighborhoods, rural areas, and to seniors of ALL cultural backgrounds. Every meal and every senior whom you support on this Big Day of Giving offers hope and health to the aging adults who have nurtured our community over the years.

Equity Statement

Nourishing local seniors more equitably is one of the cornerstones of Meals on Wheels Yolo County's "Operation Accelerate" initiative. MOW Yolo is articulating this commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as follows:

- Tri-lingual program outreach: English/Spanish/Russian

- Menu options to address cultural and religious dietary needs

- Provision of comparable access to meals in all geographic areas of the county

- Intent to increase cultural/racial representation reflective of countywide demographics in recruitment practices for both staff and Board members

- Commitment to DEI training for all management team members, including topics "Inclusion at Work: Managing Unconscious Bias," "Inclusive Culture" "Practicing Allyship," "Inclusive Performance Management," and "Inclusive Hiring."

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Meals on Wheels Yolo County

other names

People Resources, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)

94-1599229

Mission Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Volunteers, Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Low-income individuals/families

Counties Served

Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

P.O. Box 528
Woodland, CA 95776-0528

Service areas

Yolo County, CA, US

Woodland, CA, US

Davis, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US

Winters, CA, US, 95694

Phone

530-662-7035

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