Who is eligible to receive Meals on Wheels?

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.

Hot 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 Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo or Castro Valley, call SOS Meals on Wheels at 510-582-1263.

For the City of Oakland, call (510) 460-5855.

What Clients said

  • Mary N. has almost reached her 99th  birthday! Mary was taking care of her grandchildren and orchard garden until she was 75. She finally had to give up driving at age 92. Mary was born to Czechoslovakian immigrants in Rush Center, Kansas and all of her family were farmers. Mary’s family moved to Oakland in 1925 and she is a 1934 graduate  of Castlemont High School.  Mary lives in the same home that her husband built.  Her sons, who live in Livermore and Placerville, call daily, and visit a few times a week. Meals on Wheels began to deliver to Mary last year, to supplement the meals her son and daughter also prepare. She enjoys her regular driver, who takes time to visit when she can. The food, she says, is good, nutritious, and well presented.

    Mary N.
    Mary N.
  • Life changed in 2006 when Julius had a stroke. He worked hard to recover and was able to return home on New Year's Day 2007, but quickly discovered that he couldn't drive safely any more. He took many driving lessons but twice failed to pass the test—that was the beginning of a new way of living for Julius. Friends and neighbors have helped tremendously, but he soon realized that he needed regular food. Julius came to terms that it was no longer safe for him to be using the kitchen as a stroke victim, so, he enrolled in Meals on Wheels in 2007. He enjoys the variety of food, likes his drivers, and feels that the monthly fee is very worth it; as without this service he could not stay in his home.

    Julius G.
    Julius G.
  • 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.