Meals on Wheels Yolo County

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$70,742 raised by 299 donors

94% complete

$75,000 Goal

The Meals on Wheels concept first arrived in Yolo County 50 years ago, when the need for low-income, homebound seniors to receive nourishing meals was identified by compassionate members of St. John's United Church of Christ in Woodland. They organized volunteers to deliver meals prepared by St. John's Retirement Village to seven elderly residents in the community. By 1975, demand had increased, and the nonprofit now known as People Resources, Inc. – operating as Meals on Wheels Yolo County – took the lead to ensure the continuity of what St. John's had so lovingly begun.  

Not surprisingly, the service level has grown more than 50 times larger since those early days. Approximately 400 Yolo County seniors in need of assistance are now provided with five nourishing meals each week via three weekly wellbeing visits by a trained, caring volunteer.

In this third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it's clear that the current service only scratches the surface of the food insecurity and isolation suffered by vulnerable senior citizens and others who are homebound in Yolo County.  

 With your generosity, the "Operation Accelerate" initiative will elevate the work of Meals on Wheels Yolo County to serve hundreds – and ultimately thousands – more seniors in need of nourishment and social contact.

Focused upon building the organization’s capacity and operational fortitude, "Operation Accelerate" will speed ahead Meals on Wheels Yolo County’s ability to nourish more seniors in more Yolo County communities, with the goal to double current service levels by the end of 2022.

Opportunities to impact seniors’ health and isolation in underserved neighborhoods, rural communities, and amongst groups who may not currently be aware of Meals on Wheels Yolo County’s services due to language or cultural barriers are amongst the "Operation Accelerate" priorities, as well as enhancing the appeal and the nutritional quality of meals. Community partnerships, investments, and collaborations will be key to building the prowess of the Meals on Wheels team of staff and volunteers to create a better quality of life for aging adults and the homebound in Yolo County. 

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" gives them hope. Aren't they worth it? 

Mission

To nourish and enrich the lives of individuals in Yolo County with emphasis on those age 60 and older, by providing nutritious meals to active and homebound people thereby promoting their health, well-being, and independence.

Needs

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

"Operation Accelerate" builds Meals on Wheels Yolo County's fortitude to double 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 this year offers hope and health to the aging adults who have nurtured our community over the years.

There are approximately 40,000 Baby Boomers aged 60-74 currently living in Yolo County, and ~8,000 meet the criteria of low, very low, or extremely low-income. Additionally, many amongst this group are homebound, lack consistent in-home caregiving, and are unable to access food and predicably prepare their own meals. Coupled with the pandemic, the increase in those experiencing food insecurity and isolation is staggering. Your support is invited: please consider funds, volunteerism, or connecting a lonely, low-income senior or homebound neighbor who you know with our services.

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

Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers

Demographics Served

AAPI, BIPOC, Immigrants & refugees, Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Veterans, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Low-income individuals/families, LGBTQ+

Address

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

Service areas 0

Yolo County, CA, US

Woodland, CA, US

Davis, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US

Winters, CA, US, 95694

Phone

530-662-7035

fax

530-662-7097

Social Media 0

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