Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles, is a non-profit, volunteer community service program that provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals living on the west side of Los Angeles. All funding for this program comes from the community and from those participants who can afford to pay. We do not receive any government funding, and are not restricted to serving only elderly homebound individuals.
Monday through Friday at 10:15 am volunteers meet at our office. Eight teams of two are organized and take the meals (one hot – one cold) for each person on their route. These meals are prepared and packaged by St. Vincent’s Nutrition Program under strict dietary supervision. We accommodate almost every diet plan. Each driver then proceeds along their well-diagramed route to deliver to our clients in homes and apartments within the Westwood (90024), Bel Air (90077), Brentwood (90049), and West Los Angeles area (90025,90064). Last year over 45,000 meals were served.
Instant gratification is our reward when the door opens. If these meals were not delivered, our clients would not be able to live at home. They cannot manage to shop, prepare food and clean up for themselves. Our clients are charged $7.00 a day for the two meals. This fee only partially covers our costs, however, no one is turned away because of lack of ability to pay.
In 1986, Dr. Luther Olmon interviewed three of our founding members and volunteers on his cable access show. Marking the 10 year anniversary of Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles, Dr Olmon talked with the Director, Carressa Carlstedt, as well as Libby Stern and Gretchen Jeffrey. A 27 min video of this interview.
Links below are to documents written by volunteers and board members. They trace events from the formation of Meals on Wheels West LA (Sept 1976) to early 1990.
The photo below is dated Dec 2 1977. From the left are Alice Lyche, Gretchen Jeffrey, Zev Yaroslavsky (LA City Councilman), unknown volunteer, Libby Stern (MOW Program Director), Linda Larsen, Dr. Luther Olmon (URC).