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Overview Whistlestop 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.

Testimonial

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.”

FAQs How do I sign up for meals? You are able to sign up for the Meals on Wheels program through the Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services at 415-457-info (4636). Follow the phone tree to Meals on Wheels, option 3, and someone will get back to you shortly. Who is eligible to receive meals? Anyone who is 60 or older, lives in Marin, and is homebound and frail, is eligible for meal service. The Division of Aging and Adult services will provide an In-Home Assessment within the first 2 weeks of being on the program to determine the eligibility of a participant. Meals are available on a long-term basis or temporarily if you are recovering from surgery or an illness. Is there a cost for the meals? Client contributions are a crucial aspect of the Meals on Wheels program budget. We ask for a suggested contribution of $3.50 per meal to help keep this vital nutrition program sustainable. Service will not be denied if a client is unable to pay, however it is important that everyone contribute at the level they can afford. Client contributions will be received in the form of a monthly request sent to your home or the home of a friend or family member if you request. What type of meal service do you provide? We are able to provide up to 7 meals per week. The meals are served chilled and should be refrigerated immediately after they are delivered and consumed within 3 days. Depending on where you live in the county will determine the time you will be delivered to. We are out delivering from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Are vegetarian and other diet-specific meal options available? No, currently at this time we do not offer any diet-specific meal options. We send out a menu at the beginning of each month with the set menu. What comes in a meal? Each meal features an entrée, vegetables, bread or a grain, fruit and milk. The menus are reviewed by a registered dietician to ensure they meet recommended daily nutrition allowances. Can the drivers leave the meals if I have to go out? Part of the mission of the Meals on Wheels program is to provide well being and daily contact needs. Someone has to be present to accept the meals at the door. We are unable to leave the meals outside or in a cooler due to food borne illness concerns. If there is a scheduling conflict, please call 415-456-9062 x175 if arrangements need to be made. Can the drivers bring my meals inside? Yes, the drivers are willing and able to bring your meals inside your home.