I’d like to help Meals on Wheels with delivering meals to seniors. How do I get started?
I’ve sent in my volunteer application and paid the background check fee. What’s next?
You will be contacted via email once your application is processed. Please be patient and wait for our email.
I want to do more than deliver meals. What else can I do?
In addition to delivering meals, our volunteers also deliver special bags that we call “We Care” Packages. Items in these bags include things such as small toiletries, crosswords, and cards.
What time does delivery start?
We deliver Monday-Saturday. Delivery starts around 10:30 AM and lasts about an hour or two, depending on the number of clients on a route.
Does Meals on Wheels San Diego County currently need volunteers?
Yes! It takes hundreds of volunteers each day to deliver meals. Many seniors are often dependent on the food and safety checks our volunteers provide.
Where can I find more information on the requirements and on the sort of deliveries I’ll be making?
Please visit the Meal Delivery section of our website for more information on volunteering to deliver meals.
Is there a time commitment if I become a volunteer?
We ask for a twice a month commitment. You’re more than welcome to do more.
What happens if I’m a volunteer but I need to call off due to sickness, an emergency, etc.?
Due to the vulnerable population we serve, we do not allow volunteers to deliver meals while sick under any circumstances. We also understand that life happens. For any reason that prevents a volunteer from completing a delivery, we ask that you contact your regional office to cancel ASAP.
What sort of meals will I be delivering?
We are able to provide lunch, dinner, and beverages. We have easy-to-chew, renal and gluten friendly options.
I’m unable to commit to volunteering at the moment. Is there another way that I can help?
Absolutely! We are always keeping the community updated with any Events that we may be having to help raise funds to support homebound San Diego seniors. In addition, we are consistently accepting Donations, whether they be monetary or in-kind gifts.
Who can I contact if I have other questions about volunteering?
All of our offices are receiving a high number of calls and emails. We apologize in advance for the delay in our response. If you have an urgent question, please contact Gina Gonzales at email@example.com or call (619) 278-4011
I know someone that needs to sign up to receive meals. How do I sign them up?
In order to find your regional contact, please visit the Get Meals section of our website and type in the zip code of where the meals will be delivered. Next, fill out the application form. Once the form is submitted, someone will reach out to you to go over your information and what the meal delivery program entails.
Does Meals on Wheels deliver throughout San Diego County?
Yes, we deliver from Oceanside to Eastlake and from Pacific Beach to Alpine. We also have 4 service centers that house our staff, in addition to our meal center where food is prepared, packaged and then distributed.
Who does Meals on Wheels San Diego County serve?
We serve seniors within San Diego County that are 60+ years of age, regardless of income, and their caretakers. We also deliver to disabled veterans of any age. We are currently serving over 3,000 seniors every year! For more information on what we accomplished last year, please visit our 2019 Annual Report.
COVID-19 EDITION: FAQs
I’d like to help Meals on Wheels with delivering meals to seniors for the next several weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. How do I get started?
First, fill out our volunteer application online. After this, you will receive a link to our volunteer training. Then, begin delivering!
***Because of the COVID-19, Meals on Wheels San Diego County is seeing an amazing influx of willing volunteers. We appreciate your eagerness to help San Diego seniors and will do our best to get you delivering meals as soon as possible!***
What is Meals on Wheels doing to protect their volunteers and clients from COVID-19?
We are adapting our operations and policies in order to ensure the utmost safety of our staff, volunteers, and especially clients. We have provided clear instructions during training to reduce the risk of transmission. We are following CDC guidelines and communicating them throughout our organization as they are updated.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, are there preventative measures that we need to follow if we are planning on volunteering?
At Meals on Wheels, we are concerned with what this virus could mean for not only our clients, but our volunteers as well. Please visit the Coronavirus Prevention section of our website for more information on our response and updates.