Who is eligible to receive Meals on Wheels?

Facts Behind Senior Hunger

To be eligible for Meals on Wheels, individuals must be 60 years of age or older, unable to shop for food or prepare meals for themselves and not receive help from a reliable caregiver. Our priority is to serve frail seniors who most urgently need our assistance.

Meals are provided Monday through Friday between 10:00am-1:00pm. All meals are nutritionally balanced and low sodium. See our current menu HERE.  All meal delivery drivers must complete a thorough background check and training.

Individuals may be referred to our program by family, neighbors, friends or clinical or social work professionals. Individuals may also contact us directly. The initial intake screening is done over the phone. A private interview with the eligible senior and/or family is arranged shortly after beginning of meal service to ascertain the unique needs of the individual.  Meals on Wheels relies on contributions from seniors to help us fund our program. We suggest a donation of $3.50 per meal to help us serve seniors and keep the meals rolling.  No senior is denied service based solely on inability to donate.

To inquire about meal delivery service in Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, or San Lorenzo call SOS Meals on Wheels at 510-582-1263.

What Clients said

  • Mr. Rodrigues is 96 years old and has multiple health issues, but it's easy to forget he is struggling because of his gentle personality and sweet smile. He uses a walker to to get around his home of over 50 years. He gets dressed every day and is waiting by his front door when his delivery driver Liz arrives. Mr. Rodrigues greets her with a big smile and hug and looks forward to her arrival. He credits his longevity to good genes and a healthy lifestyle in his younger years. His adult children and grandchildren are devoted to helping him remain in his own home and check on him as often as they can. They have formed a family network of support around him which strengthened after his wife of many years died. His daily support includes Meals on Wheels, for which he and his family are very grateful.

    Mr. James R.
    Mr. James R.
  • Ms. H is a 92 year old resident of Oakland. Originally from Louisiana, she moved to Oakland with her husband in the late 1940’s. She has lived in her own home for nearly 50 years and has been a widow for 21 years. Ms. H was nearly 90 years old when she began receiving Meals on Wheels. She was no longer driving, and not eating as well as she should.  Ms. H is happy that she is now able to receive a daily meal. She “likes the variety of the food and the soup especially. My drivers have all been polite and very nice.” Ms. Hayes is grateful for Meals on Wheels for herself and on behalf of “people who can’t help themselves and no longer can do their own cooking.”

    Ms. Earnestine H.
    Ms. Earnestine H.
  • I lost 44 lbs. from my cancer and the treatments, and it became really difficult to leave my house to go shop for food, so I was eating pretty poorly. My sister in Vallejo told me about Meals On Wheels and now they’ve been bringing me meals for over a year. I really do have more energy and strength now, and the variety of the food is great.

    Mr. Lee H.
    Mr. Lee H.