2015 Wheels for Meals Bike Ride Cancelled

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For the past 6 years, we’ve been quite fortunate to have passionate and generous cyclists from the Greater Bay Area participate in our annual Wheels for Meals Ride.  You’ve raised critical funds to support the delivery of meals and wellness checks for homebound seniors throughout Alameda County.  2015 is no exception!



After much deliberation, our Board of Directors, in consultation with our Ride Chair, Peter Holst, and our Safety and Communications Expert, Chris Quirk, has decided to cancel this year’s Ride in the interest of protecting your safety.  We hope you understand that this feels like the right thing to do.  On July 31, Gov. Brown summed things up perfectly when he declared a state of emergency and said, “California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox.”  Compared to last year, three times the number of acres have already burned statewide.  So, we’ve been carefully monitoring our courses, the park and the nearby area.  Then last Wednesday, more than 2,500 acres burned in the Livermore Valley, including parts of our course.


The decision wasn’t easy, especially given that we have seniors who are depending on us to raise money.  It’s quite possible though that there might be additional burn before the Ride, but even if that doesn’t happen, the routes and the park already look quite dismal.  Returning for the post-ride celebration, you’d arrive to a park with no grass, and only hard, dry dirt to sit on and possibly be greeted by unique and unpleasant odors from the lake while trying to enjoy your BBQ lunch.  Moving forward might risk safety or, at the very least, it’d greatly sacrifice the quality of the event.  We only want you to have a great experience, and we also want to keep you safe.



We all may be disappointed, but no one will be more affected than our seniors.  As previously mentioned, we still have 85 frail, homebound seniors on our waiting list.  They desperately need us to rally and raise funds because access to nutritious meals can’t wait until next year!  Please continue to reach out to your networks.  People are incredibly generous, but we need your help to let them know about this situation.  Fire shouldn’t stop us from nourishing our homebound senior neighbors.



Although there won’t be a physical ride, the need and cause behind the fundraising still exists.  Your fundraising page will remain active through Saturday, October 17th.  Please encourage others to sign up as Virtual Riders if they’d like to help raise money to provide meals for our waiting seniors.  We’re still offering great incentive prizes!  Please review the revised prize list to see our current offerings.  Prizes may be mailed or picked up after fundraising ends on October 17th (more details to come).



We sincerely hope you’ll consider turning your registration fee into a tax-deductible donation.  Each registration and donation enables us to reduce the size of our waiting list.


IMPORTANT:  If you’d like to turn your registration into a tax-deductible donation, no further action is required.  If we don’t hear back from you by Wednesday, September 30th, we’ll send you a donation acknowledgement letter for your tax purposes.  If you’d like a refund, please email your request to and provide the name in which you registered, the names of other cyclists whose registrations you paid for, and the total amount to be refunded.


We’re doing our very best to inform everyone about the cancellation, however, we don’t have full contact information for all of your donors.  Please inform them about the cancellation and let them know that if they require a refund, they should email their request to before September 30th.


Again, please remember that 85 seniors are counting on us!


You’ll likely never meet the seniors whose lives you’re changing with your hard work and generosity, but on their behalf, we sincerely thank you!  We appreciate your support and understanding.  Let’s all hope that El Nino gives us the rain we need so that things will be better next year!

United in the fight against senior hunger,

Alameda County Meals on Wheels Board of Directors and the Wheels for Meals Ride Staff

Alameda County Meals on Wheels
80 Swan Way, Ste. 120, Oakland, CA  94621
Mailing:  PO Box 14002, Oakland, CA 94614
Direct:  510-777-9560  
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Make More Happen Award and Contest – Summer 2015

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Your vote could mean $10,500 for SOS/Meals on Wheels from Safeco Insurance!

Just one click from you could help SOS/Meals on Wheels win up to $10,500 from Safeco Insurance. That’s right — just one click.


SOS/Meals on Wheels is competing in the Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Contest along with Total Pacific Insurance Brokers. And we need your help!


All this is happening because Total Pacific Insurance Brokers has been selected for a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award because of their volunteer service with SOS/Meals on Wheels. The award comes with a $3,000 donation from Safeco Insurance for SOS/Meals on Wheels and entry in the Make More Happen Contest.


Your votes in the Make More Happen Contest could help SOS/Meals on Wheels receive even more money from Safeco. Here’s how it works:

  • The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite agency-and-charity team featured in the Make More Happen Contest. (We hope that’s us!)
  • The three agency-charity teams with the most votes will win additional donations from Safeco for the charities. First place gets $10,000, second place $5,000, and third place $3,000. (Of course, we hope we get first place, but we need your help!)
  • If the total votes made during the contest reach or exceed a vote goal, all charities featured in the contest will receive an additional $500 donation from Safeco Insurance. (This means voting every day is important!)


At SOS/Meals on Wheels, we are so grateful for Total Pacific Insurance Brokers for helping us provide delicious hot meals for homebound seniors!


Please help make more happen for our community by voting today:


Of course, everyone who volunteers to make their local communities better deserve to be celebrated, so when you visit the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Contest, take a little time to read about the great work everyone does and cheer on those that inspire you. Be sure to leave a cheer for SOS/Meals on Wheels or Total Pacific Insurance Brokers! We hope you’ll come away inspired to make a difference.


You can vote once a day from 10 a.m. Pacific Time July 27 through 10 a.m. Pacific Time Aug. 17!



The Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Contest has ended, and while Total Pacific Insurance Brokers and SOS/Meals on Wheels team was not one of the top three vote-getters, we truly appreciate the support of everyone who took the time to vote.

Thanks to everyone voting in the contest, the vote goal of 28,000 was exceeded so all 33 charities featured in the contest will receive an additional $500 from Safeco. That means SOS/Meals on Wheels will receive a total of $3,500 on behalf of Total Pacific Insurance Brokers because Total Pacific Insurance Brokers was selected for a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award.

Want to find out who took the top spots in the contest? You can see all the winners and Make More Happen Award recipients at

We congratulate all of the award winners — along with the volunteers who work so hard to make more happen in their communities.

Interested in volunteering yourself? Please to learn more.



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Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
has donated $100,000 to help Meals on Wheels continue providing hot, nutritious meals and a daily wellness check to homebound seniors in the City of Oakland and central Alameda County. Supervisor Chan’s generous contribution will help us feed some of our community’s most vulnerable seniors, but we still need your help!

Please make a financial contribution today in support of Meals on Wheels. Donations of any size are welcome and will be used to feed a senior in need. Just $40 can feed a senior for a week!

The demand for home-delivered meals continues to grow as the population ages, but the funding provided for our services has never been enough to meet the need. At the same time, wages, the price of food, and delivery costs have all increased. We need your help to continue caring for our seniors!

Your contribution will put nourishing food on the tables of seniors in need and help them continue living independent, healthy, and happy lives. Please click on the “Donate” button and make your tax-deductible contribution today!

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Pictures from the 2015 Spring Luncheon

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We just posted a bunch of new pictures in the gallery from the Spring Luncheon. Thank you to all our generous donors!

If you’re feeling a little lazy, below are the pictures found in the gallery.

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Pictures from the Cherry Festival

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the San Leandro Cherry Festival this year!


Thank You! – Spring Luncheon 2015

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The Spring Luncheon is our annual Spring fundraiser and celebration of our Meals on Wheels program. Our fundraising goal this year was $10,000 and we raised $9,250!! Thank you to our Board of Directors, corporate sponsors, and all generous individuals who came together to support seniors in our local communities!

It’s not too late to help us reach our goal of $10,000!  Only $750 to go!

Please use the form below if you were not able to attend but would like to help!

All proceeds go towards producing and delivering 1,100 daily hot meals to vulnerable seniors in the City of Oakland and central Alameda County communities. $40 buys one week’s worth of meals and $160 buys one month of meals!

Spring Luncheon 2015

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San Leandro Cherry Festival

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The San Leandro Cherry Festival is this Saturday, June 6th! The parade starts at 10 am and events are from 11 am to 6 pm.

The first Cherry Festival was held in 1909. Many things have changed over the years but one thing that remains the same is the strong sense of community identity and pride the Cherry Festival brings to the San Leandro community!

Over 10,000 people attend the Cherry Festival to partake in food, a beer garden, live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, a special Kids Zone with rides and games, parade, Farmer’s Market with lots of cherries, community and City resources, and a cherry store selling everything cherry!

Featuring Headline Entertainment by En Vogue and Al B. Sure!

Make sure to stop by the SOS/Meals on Wheels table. See you there!

Remembering Chuck

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Charles “Chuck” Kane
May 1, 1929 – April 26, 2015

Charles “Chuck” Kane of San Leandro, CA passed away peacefully on April 26, 2015. Chuck was born on May 1, 1929 in Oakland, CA to Michael and Grace Kane.

His personality notwithstanding, Chuck was larger than life. The man was 6’6″ tall, and made an impression on everyone he met.  Chuck managed to live about six lives over the course of his 85-plus years. He was a decorated Veteran who served as both a Sea Going Marine aboard the USS Boxer and was a member of the National Guard. While serving a second tour in the Marine Corps, Chuck met Beth Heath, the love of his life. They were married on August 21, 1949 and had two daughters, Susan Beth and Linda Grace. After leaving the Marine Corps, Chuck worked for a short time with his father as an Operating Engineer in Oakland, eventually using his communication and artistic skills to land a job as a Commercial and Graphic Artist in San Francisco. In 1952 Chuck joined the San Leandro Police Department where he served for 28 years, retiring in the rank of Captain. While in active duty with the Police Department, Chuck returned to school and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Golden Gate University. After retirement, Chuck was instrumental in founding the Administration of Justice program at Chabot College in Hayward where he taught courses in Police Science and Public Service & Administration. He then turned his love of travel and Chinese culture into yet another venture and accepted a position with the Travis Pacific Corporation where he lead tours to China throughout the 1980s and 1990s.   After a short break from working, in 2000 Chuck was offered the opportunity to return to public service and leant his public safety expertise as a member of the security team at San Leandro’s Main Library.  He was back in uniform, with a badge, and able to remind a whole new generation to “follow the rules”.  When Chuck left his position with the Library, he celebrated an impressive 35 years of service with the City of San Leandro.  He then focused on creative pursuits, travel and spending time with his family and his wife, Beth, with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage in 2014.

When he wasn’t working, Chuck was volunteering and served on many boards and commissions that helped the people of the East Bay.  He learned the value of service from generations before him who were active in the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. He served on San Leandro’s Human Services Commission, was a docent at the USS Hornet Museum, volunteered as an ESL teacher, and most recently was a member of the San Leandro Parks and Recreation Commission and the Board of Directors of the local SOS Meals on Wheels chapter, a position he held until his passing. When he wasn’t working or volunteering, Chuck was an artist and photographer, a tinkerer and self-proclaimed “gadget guy” who was always ahead of his time, becoming an expert at everything from HAM radio and still cameras, to video, digital photography, and computers. He was a lover of puns and humor, food and cooking, a world traveler, and was always reading and researching, making him well versed in just about everything from ancient history to current events.  Chuck loved learning and never hesitated to try something new.

Chuck was a loving son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, and close friend to many locally and around the world. Throughout all of his professional and personal endeavors he always found time to provide support, encouragement and a laugh to those he loved and who loved him.  His presence lives on in all of us.

Chuck Kane is survived by his wife, Beth Kane of San Leandro, CA; his daughter, Linda Grace of Willits, CA; his step-son Michael Dobbins of Grass Valley, CA; his sister Dorothy Schmitt of Hayward, CA; and a huge extended family including his grandchildren, Gregory Brown of San Leandro, CA, Stephanie Brown of Alameda, CA, Seana Inducil of Mission Viejo, CA, Oriana Pelley of Santa Rosa, CA, Johanna Pelley of Santa Rosa, CA, Kim Polo of Sacramento, CA, and Guinevere Quilter of Willits, CA; his great-grandchildren, Charlotte Brown of San Leandro, CA, Joey Inducil and Kaylee Inducil of Mission Viejo, CA, Jackson Polo and Addison Polo of Sacramento, CA, and Jasmine Quilter and James Quilter of Willits, CA; his great-great grandson, Jakai Quilter of Willits, CA; thirteen nephews and eleven nieces. Chuck is also survived by Julia Hornel of Perth, AUS who he and Beth sponsored to move to the United States from Hong Kong in 1979 and who, along with her husband Graham Hornel, became cherished members of his family. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Grace Kane of Oakland, CA; his daughter, Susan Brown of San Leandro, CA, and his sister, Barbara Blanchard of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.