Thanks to you, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels delivered 995,655 meals to the homebound and hungry of Los Angeles in 2020!
The Covid-19 pandemic presented added challenges for L.A. seniors who were isolated and on lockdown. We quickly responded, adding hundreds of new seniors who needed meals. We added daily breakfast and snacks for those with no other way to get food. And our dedicated volunteers connected with clients over the phone to check on them and ease their loneliness.
Without your support, we couldn’t have served every shut-in senior who needed a lifeline of meals and wellness checks.
Looking forward, our 2021 budget is $8.8 million. Meal clients and program revenues will provide about $2.1 million. The remaining $6.7 million must come from caring people like you.
We rely on private charitable donations—not the government—so you are essential to our mission. We are grateful for your partnership during this challenging year. Together, we’ll keep the food and love coming in 2021.
2,557 People Served
Thanks to you, we served 2,557 homebound seniors and adults with serious illnesses and disabilities across Los Angeles. All meals are prepared with high-quality ingredients and are tailored to the dietary requirements of each senior.
995,655 Meals Served!
In 2020 we served 995,655 meals, or 2,728 every day!
- HOT AND FROZEN MEALS: 637,219 (64% of all meals)
- SNACKS: 9,957 (1% of all meals)
- BREAKFASTS: 348,480 (35% of all meals)
Our cost to provide each senior with daily nourishing meals and regular wellness checks is about $13.
Cost to provide each senior with daily meals and regular wellness checks is $13.00.
Percent of cost by meal type:
Meals for Special Diets
Our 25 vans drove 60,000 miles in 2020. That’s 231 miles a day! Our gas expense was $54,996
2020 Sources of Donor Support
* We rely on your donations for the majority of our operating budget!
YOU EXTENDED A LIFELINE
In 2020, our Client Advocates assessed the health and safety of new and long-term clients. They helped clients with referrals for healthcare, mental health counseling, veteran’s benefits, Social Security benefits, in-home support services, housing and medical equipment.
If seniors were no longer able to remain independent in their own homes, referrals were made to agencies that assist with relocation options.
MEALS FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
In 2020, we provided nutritious meals at our cost to these community organizations:
- City of El Segundo Outreach
- Culver Palms Meals on Wheels
- Culver Palms United Methodist Church
- Grace Diner
- The Good Shepherd Manor
- Hand to Hand Hunger Project
- Jardin De La Infancia
- St. Vincent De Paul of Los Angeles
- Cardinal Manning Center
- Pasadena Meals on Wheels
- The Salvation Army Corps Glendale
- Meals on Wheels West
- Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles
- Missionary Brothers of Charity
- St. Barnabas Senior Services
- St. Finbar Catholic Church
- Torrance/Lomita Meals on Wheels
- United American Indian Involvement Inc.
- Food Finders (undelivered meals go to shelters)
SUPPORT GROUPS IN 2020
- Circle of Angels: 378 generous and compassionate donors provided a circle of support for our seniors through gifts of $500 to $50,000+.
- The Breakfast Club: 113 Breakfast Club members donated $1 or more a day to deliver breakfast to clients who depend on us for everything they eat.
- Cuisine à Roulettes: With fundraising events on hold during the pandemic, members of our auxiliary filled personalized gift bags with toiletries and personal items for our seniors on Grandparents Day and Christmas.
Our most generous corporate partners in 2020 include Calmoseptine, Staud, The Albertsons Companies, Delta Dental Insurance Company, and Paige.
VOLUNTEERS TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES DURING PANDEMIC
In 2020, 190 mighty volunteers enriched our program serving as drivers, meal delivery runners, kitchen aides, grocery assemblers, office support, pet food deliverers, and telephone buddies. They served with extraordinary strength in these extraordinary times.
Also, hundreds of volunteers locally and throughout the United States created cheery cards offering joy and easing isolation for our seniors. Youth groups from toddlers to college-age contributed thousands of cards and messages of love. These include the Letters Against Isolation Initiative, C5LA (youth leadership program), and the Center for Early Education. Volunteers also help us save money better spent on food.