“Meals on Wheels West has never let me go hungry. Some days, you guys make me feel so special. It has really been a blessing. I wouldn’t be able to make it without you.” -Diane
Diane was a working mom, with a husband and family around her. One day, she was hit by a drunk driver. Her foot was crushed – she went through multiple surgeries, she lost her job. As if this one incident wasn’t difficult enough, Diane got into another car accident a couple of years later, which left her in a wheelchair. Diane lost her home and became homeless. After years of struggle, she is now living in a Venice Community Housing owned building and has been receiving meals from Meals on Wheels West for three years.
Meals on Wheels West works with St. Joseph’s Center, Step-Up on Second, Community Corporation Santa Monica and other agencies to provide home-delivered meals to formerly homeless individuals living in permanent supportive housing. Our Food & Shelter program is also Delivering More Than a Meal to formerly homeless people in transitional housing.
According to the 2018 Los Angeles Homeless Count, approximately 26 percent of the homeless population is aged 55 and older, like Diane. The number of homeless seniors grew by 22% in LA County last year.
The daily delivery of healthy meals and a Wellness Check promotes independent living and enhances the stability of those transitioning back into society. By partnering with housing providers, Meals on Wheels West can help provide a critical supportive service for those who have experienced chronic homelessness as well as support those with disabilities. By eliminating food insecurity, we help people thrive in their new residences and stay off the street.