Legal-name: Meals on Wheels West
Address: 1823 A Michigan Ave.
City: Santa Monica
Organizational-status: 501(c)3 nonprofit
Officer: Chris Baca Executive Director
ContactName: Ashley McGullam
Title: Director of Development & Community Relations
GrantPurpose: Meals for new clients that are turning to Meals on Wheels West to meet their basic needs during the pandemic at hand.
Periodoftime: 6 months
Audienceserved: Elderly, people living with disabilities, vets, food insecure, low-income
Demoofaudience: Primarily older adults, but people of all ages who are veterans or living with disabilities.
Q1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : MOW West has shifted the delivery program proactively to help minimize potential transmission of COVID-19 to the vulnerable populations we serve including seniors, veterans and the chronically ill. Instead of delivering meals 5 days a week, we are delivering meals for multiple days 3 times a week. However, the daily Wellness Check remains a critical component of our program. We have created a Phone Reassurance program whereby volunteers will call clients on the days we do not deliver meals to perform the Wellness Check via phone.While the Coronavirus is an unanticipated emergency, emergency preparedness is a key component of the Meals on Wheels West program. Meals on Wheels West staff and volunteers are trained in emergency response. The emergency response training is anything from a client falling to a pandemic like COVID-19. In the event of an emergency, staff, volunteers and clients are consistently updated with the latest knowledge and best practices of dealing with the emergency at hand. In the case of COVID-19, Meals on Wheels West implemented prophylactic prevention techniques at the very onset of the virus because of the populations we serve. Early on MOW West informed volunteers about necessary precautions when interacting with the clients we serve. Necessary preventative resources are available to volunteers and staff, including gloves, masks and cleaning wipes. All hard surfaces are cleaned multiple times a day. Every client has on hand an emergency preparedness kit to ensure they have the resources they may need.The emergency preparedness kits include a 3-day supply of food, water, a crank multi-band radio/flashlight and basic first aid necessities. MOW West has a phone tree in place with each employee responsible for performing a Safety and Wellness Check of clients.
We have on hand Senior Nutrition Boxes that have a three day supply of food that we are distributing to all clients next week. These boxes are in partnership with the Westside Food Bank and the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging. We have on order a 5 day supply of shelf stable meals in the event Saint Vincent MOW is closed down because of an infected staff member. Meals on Wheels West has multiple shelf stable and frozen meal suppliers in place who can provide additional meals for the vulnerable clients we serve beyond the week of food available to them. The daily Wellness Check is still a crucial component of the Delivering More Than a Meal program so we have implemented a Phone Reassurance program. Volunteers will call clients on days that we do not deliver, but typically would, to perform the Wellness Check via phone. Volunteers will then report back to Meals on Wheels West staff.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : $15,000 would help to provide meals to almost 14 new clients who have signed up for the Meals on Wheels West program because of COVID-19. The grant would help to ensure that the basic needs of our most vulnerable community members are being met.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Meals on Wheels West will help older adults and immune-compromised people who would otherwise be food insecure because of COVID-19. Agencies like Wise & Healthy Aging and the City of Santa Monica are referring clients to Meals on Wheels West who used to visit congregate meal sites to meet their nutritional needs, but the high risk COVID-19 poses as caused all of the congregate meal sites to close.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? Providence St. John’s $25,000
Green Foundation $12,500
Sempra Energy Foundation $10,000
City of Santa Monica $10,000
Pepperdine University Church $5,500
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: Board of Supervisors Discretionary Fund
Cedars Sinai Response Fund
Los Angeles County Medical Association
California Community Foundation
Liberty Hill Foundation
Avery Dennison Foundation