OUR IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY In 2020, Meals on Wheels SF provided home-delivered meals and groceries to nearly 3x the number of people compared to 2019.


According to Meals on Wheels America, 1 in 5 seniors feels lonely. The negative effects of loneliness on health are similar to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.

At Meals on Wheels San Francisco, we pair our meal delivery program with on-site wellness checks ensuring older adults in our community are safe and have what they need to thrive independently.

Our programs and services fulfill a moral and economic imperative to care for seniors in the most cost-effective way possible. Studies show that by keeping seniors in their homes we remove a costly burden on seniors, their families, and the American taxpayers. One 2009 study found that if every state increased the number of older Americans who received meals by just 1 percent, it would have saved Medicaid more than $109 million a year.

Our volunteer-run Home-Delivered Groceries program, in partnership with the SF-Marin Food Bank, grew by 70% in 2020, and is now serving nearly 520 older adults each week.

Volunteers are key to our ability to providing services that matter for older adults aging in place in the city.

Who Are Our Clients?

Where Do Our Clients Live?

Tenderloin = 24%

South of Market, Civic Center = 19%

Richmond, Sunset, Forest Hill = 14%

Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill = 12%

Pacific Heights, Western Addition = 10%

Mission, Upper Market = 9%

Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Nob Hill = 7%

Excelsior, Ingleside = 5%

Meet Judy, a Meals on Wheels client.

After her husband died, Judy was alone living on the streets. Today, she’s living in a new apartment and relies on Meals on Wheels SF to help her stay nourished and healthy.