Meals on Wheels of San Francisco uses Trained Professional Case Managers, Drivers and Social Workers to Protect Homebound Seniors

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Meals On Wheels Of San Francisco uses trained professional case managers, drivers and social workers to protect homebound seniors

Meals On Wheels of San Francisco ( – the San Francisco nonprofit that “delivers hope” along with two meals a day to more than 1,100 homebound San Francisco seniors – says that today's article in the San Francisco Chronicle about another agency's food delivery program calls attention to the plight of homebound seniors everywhere.

“This was not one of our clients. However, it highlights the plight of this population and how as a community we need to band together to ensure their safety and that this sort of abuse does not happen,” says Sima Dahi, Chief Executive Officer of Meals On Wheels of San Francisco. “At Meals On Wheels, our highly trained professional drivers, case managers and social workers ensure not only the delivery of a hot meal to all of our 1,100 clients every day, but also that these clients are safe in their own homes. In a very real way, the Meals On Wheels staff person delivers hope along with that hot meal. Meals On Wheels is the first responder and the red flag about exactly the sort of abuse mentioned in today's San Francisco Chronicle article. My heart goes out to her.”

Dahi continues: “Also, our vital work is made possible in part by everyday heroes – our volunteers. They support our seniors by helping with all aspects of the operation. They ride along with our staff drivers and help deliver meals. They serve as friendly visitors for clients, calling on them once a week to sit and talk, play games, help around the house, or go for short walks. Often, our volunteers become valued members of our clients’ support systems. Our homebound senior clients, some of whom have been with us for many years, come from all walks of life. We function as an important connection with these seniors, who are often isolated and forgotten.”

About Meals On Wheels

Dedicated to serving meals and social services to homebound seniors, Meals On Wheels of San Francisco just celebrated its 35th anniversary at the annual Star Chefs & Vintners Gala ( 5/15/05). The annual benefit brought in over $750,000 in cash contributions to help homebound seniors. Another estimated $300,000 was donated via in-kind donations of products and services to offset the cost of producing the annual event which brings together a host of Bay Area culinary and wine-industry stars. Meals On Wheels delivers two meals per day to over 1,100 homebound seniors and a warm lunch each day to 200 more seniors at the Dorrwin Jones Senior Center. Among Meals On Wheels’ clients are 126 seniors over 90 years of age. For more information on Meals On Wheels call (415) 920-1111 or

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