Meals on Wheels
Delivering peace of mind every day.
For more than half a century, Meals on Wheels has served as a vital lifeline by delivering meals to housebound adults throughout America. Here in Marin County, Whistlestop delivers fresh, chilled meals up to three times each week to more than 250 housebound older adults in our community.
If you are in need of home-delivered meals, simply phone 415-457-4636 to get signed up through the County of Marin. Meal recipients or their families are asked to make a small suggested contribution of $3.50/meal to help off-set the costs of providing the service. For those able to make a larger, tax-deductible donation to help support the program, please click here.
A Caring Daughter
Anna Haight had been living near her dad, Charles, in Seattle when she relocated to Marin County for a job in 1997. At that time, her dad – who had lived in the Seattle area since the age of 5 – was 77 and happily independent, driving around town and volunteering in food service at senior residences. Over the next few years, however, Charles was told by his doctor to stop driving due to poor eyesight, and his memory began to decline. “I am his only child,” said Anna, “so I convinced him to move to an independent living apartment in Sonoma. But before long, his memory issues became more severe.” Concerned for her father’s safety, Anna moved him in with her in late 2005. “My dad took care of me when I was younger, and I rearranged my life so I could take care of him as he ages,” she said. “We have both been enriched by the experience.” At first, Anna’s dad spent lots of time at Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center, which allowed her to have a full workday. “The van picked him up and he took classes and ate lunch there,” she said. “He’s very social so it was great for him.” Before long, however, Charles was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Anna enrolled him at an adult day center. Anna started using Meals on Wheels for her dad in 2011 when the previous operator was delivering a week’s supply of frozen meals on a single day. Since July 2012, the new Whistlestop Meals on Wheels has been delivering fresh meals to Anna’s house three times a week. “They bring fresh salads and sandwiches, which my dad loves, and the nutritional quality is excellent,” she said. Anna knows how important this service is to so many. “Meals on Wheels can be life saving for people who are isolated,” she said. “There is so much need out there and it is important for our community to support the program.”