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Sponsored by: The City of Simi Valley Council On Aging


How the Program Got Started What is the Food Like? Who Can Receive Meals? How and When are the Meals Delivered? How Much Does it Cost? How Do I Apply to Receive Meals? How Can I Help?

Simi Valley Council On Aging -- Meals on Wheels Program -- 3900 Avenida Simi -- Simi Valley, CA 93063

How the Program Got Started: The Meals on Wheels Program was created in October 1874, in response to a request from a senior. As a result of the request, presently over 1,000 meals are delivered each month to homebound seniors in the City of Simi Valley. The program has expanded from delivering two meals a week to daily delivery of a hot, mid-day meal, excluding weekends and holidays.
What is the Food Like? The meals are prepared at the Simi Valley Senior Center, and the menu is set by a registered dietician to insure that the meals are balanced to meet the nutritional requirements of the Federal Older Americans Act. The hot entrees are varied, and all meals include whole grain bread, butter, fruit, mixed green salad, an 8oz. serving of low fat milk, and either yogurt, or a cheese stick. In addition, all meals are low in sodium and fat.
Who Can Receive Meals? Seniors 60 years and older who are homebound, unable to cook for themselves and who have no one to cook for them, are eligible for the Meals on Wheels program. Elderly spouses who care for eligible seniors may also receive meals. Depending on the need, home delivered meals can be delivered on a short or long-term basis. Seniors who are permanently disabled or are very frail may receive meals indefinitely.
How and When are the Meals Delivered? The meals are delivered between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. by a caring volunteer Meals on Wheels driver. The daily meal delivery of a hot meal combined with someone stopping by to check on their welfare, help many seniors remain independent in their own homes.
How Much Does it Cost? The Meals on Wheels program is provided to eligible seniors at no charge. Seniors who receive meals are encouraged to donate a suggested amount of $3.50 per meal, or whatever they can afford, to help offset program costs, but no one is denied service because of their inability to donate. Recipient contributions, community donations, monies raised by the Simi Valley Council On Aging, and Older American Act funds granted by Ventura County Area Agency on Aging support the program.
How Do I Apply to Receive Meals? For information or to receive an application for the Meals on Wheels program call (805) 583-6042. Fill out the application and mail it back to the address provided. Once your application is received, the Meals on Wheels Coordinator will contact you. If you meet the eligibility criteria, a brief home visit will be scheduled and meal delivery can begin within 2-5 business days. Occasionally an eligible applicant may need to be placed on a waiting list until an opening becomes available.
How Can I Help? The Meals on Wheels program would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to become a driver call (805) 583-6042 to speak to the Meals on Wheels Coordinator. Continued community support is also needed to make this program possible. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Simi Valley Council On Aging, Meals on Wheels Program, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93063.