Meals on Wheels Program


Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. 

  • 1 in 6 American seniors struggle with hunger
  • The US government predicts the number of seniors will double from 2010 to 2050
  • At over 20%, CA  is one the highest states for the percentage of seniors struggling with hunger.  (For example MA and Alaska are both under 10%)
  • For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.
  • Millions of American families sleep better at night and can continue their daily routines and responsibilities because they know that Meals on Wheels is keeping a watchful eye over their aging loved ones.
  • Through MOW we help reduce hospital readmissions, help with diabetes care by controlling blood sugar, help control blood pressure, improve or maintain physical health and improve or maintain mental health. 
  • Serving up friendship and nutrition through deliveries directly to seniors’ homes, Meals on Wheels is making our community stronger, safer and more self-sufficient. That is something we can be proud of.
  • We can provide a senior Meals on Wheels for one YEAR for roughly the same cost as 1 DAY in the hospital or 10 DAYS in a nursing home.
  • 1:50 - For every dollar invested in MOW, we CAN SAVE UP TO $50 in Medicaid spending.
  • In 1975 a joint meeting of the TO City Council and the Conejo Valley Council on Aging determined that a MOW program was needed in the Conejo Valley.  A group of 15 community members organized under the name Conejo Valley Meals on Wheels.  Later that year the org was incorporated under the name Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, Inc. 
  • When we began in 1975 bagged sandwiches were delivered to homebound seniors. Today we offer nutritionally balanced hot and cold meals and can accommodate unique needs of special diets including, pureed, renal and diabetic.
  • To date Senior Concerns has delivered over 750,000 meals
  • To date Senior Concerns has provided over $1.25M in scholarships
  • To date 1,890 volunteers (including Kiwanis, Rotary. Villa Esperanza and Comfort Keepers) have provided nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to our community’s homebound seniors through Senior Concerns’ MOW program.
  • 61% of our MOW recipients are women
  • Our MOW program serving TO and Newbury Park is NOT subsidized by the Federal Government – we rely in funding from donors, grantors and fundraisers like Love Run. 
  • Our MOW nutrition program is administered by a Registered Dietitian and the food is prepared by Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center staff.
  • Our MOW program does not have a waiting list, so seniors can call us, enroll in the program and often begin receiving services as soon as 24 to 48 hours from their initial phone call. 
  • Each new client in our MOW program receives a home visit and a mini nutritional assessment by our Registered Dietitian.
  • Our MOW program connects seniors to ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICES to address their financial and social needs.
  • The #1 referral sources for MOW are family, friends and neighbors.