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Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
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Awards and Recognition

Meals on Wheels

Laura Spalding
Bill Holian
Jim Krueger
Mary Krueger
Christina Harney
Dan Rowley

C. C. Cafés

Ken McColm

Ernestine McColm
Paul Eng
Shirley Eng
Arcel Cabero
Roger Miranda
Elise Torreno
Clarita Enriquez
Vina Strauss
Jose Baluyut
Edbert Smith

Friendly Visitors

Andrea Cheeseman
Kjel Hendriks
Tannya Vargas
Susan Codeglia
Kim Harvey
Stacey McGrath
Beth Bremer
Conrad Bremer

Office Volunteers

Laura Spalding
Nora Tarbill

"I think we'll make a difference, like we'll get lots more people to join and donate stuff and they will help some elderly people that are alone and they'll help them get food so they don't hurt themselves."


"If we march and make awareness for Meals on Wheels, people will recommend it for neighbors or family to keep them from having unhealthy and lonely lives. It will also give a lot of donations to go to getting meals and company for those in need."

"I think in our everyday lives we forget to call our grandma or grandpa and maybe people who see us marching through the streets holding up signs, they probably will remember that it's good to call your grandma or grandpa once in a while."

Tice Creek School student marchers in Walnut Creek, March for Meals, 3/31/17


Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations in honor of:

Oscar Lottman
   Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:

Rudolph Cisar
Steven Diamond
Ethel M. Luis
Shawn Morrissey
Edith Anna Omeg
Phil Swartz
Virginia Opena Swezey
Milton Rosenberg
Norma Silver AKA Bubby
Myron and Sylvia Thorne
loving and adored parents
Susan C. Thorne
loving and adored sister
Fannie Fontaine
loving and dearest aunt


Laugh, Love & Learn
Senior Live Well Forum

Friday, May 5th

Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane


Senior Appreciation
Health Fair

Saturday, May 13th
Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane


Rotary Home
TeamWork Day

Home Maintenance for older adults in

Contra Costa County

Saturday, May 20th
To schedule an appointment, call

888-204-5573 by May 12th

Tuesday, May 23rd

Meal on Wheels and Senior
Outreach Services
1300 Civic Drive,

Walnut Creek CA

Refreshments will be served.


Save the Date

Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Heather Farm Park,
Walnut Creek.



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East Bay Times
Meals on Wheels: Real people, real stories behind program facing Trump budget cut
Concord Pioneer
Helping Support Seniors in Need
Community Focus
Building Bridges to Better Health
Students Rally in Walnut Creek to Support Meals on Wheels
 KCBS Radio Interview
Listen in!
The Press Newspapers
East County Seniors
Marching for Meals
East Bay Times
Coyotes Care in their
Walnut Creek Community
By the Numbers - Meals on Wheels in Contra Costa County
East County Times
S upport Services Available for Seniors in Need
Good Neighbors Column

As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests.

Please contact Erica Marcus at
or 925-937-8315.
Available Resources

Contra Costa County Information & Assistance

Contra Costa Crisis Center
Advisory Council on Aging
 Get Your Vaccinations
 Contra Costa Health Services Department
Contra Costa Crisis Center
Job Openings

Awards and Recognition

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:

Susannah Meyer

Community Engagement Officer

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

925-937-8311 x104

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Issue 5, Volume 4
April 2017
"Hey, hey, ho, ho, Meals on Wheels is the way to go!" Such was the battle cry from the Tice Creek School 5th grade class on March 31 in Walnut Creek. The students and their teachers "marched" for meals in support of elderly, homebound residents in need.

Click here for the Walnut Creek March for Meals video and article.

In Antioch, a similar march took place at The Commons at Dallas Ranch senior community. Residents gathered on foot, a bus, and on their electric scooters and "marched" for Meals on Wheels.

Click here to watch drone footage of Antioch walk.

The goal of these activities, which included participation by mayors, supervisor Diane Burgis' office, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier's office, was to remind people about the faces behind policy decisions.  Every dollar invested in Meals on Wheels saves $50 in Medicare costs.  The cost of feeding a senior for one year is less than the cost of a single day in the hospital.  Meals on Wheels is lifesaving - and a good investment.

Thank you to all who support this organization and the seniors we serve.  And remember, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Meals on Wheels is the way to go!"

 Making a Difference
March for Meals - a Month of Raising Awareness

Across the country, in the month of March, Meals on Wheels programs reach out to their communities in an effort to remind people of the needs of local seniors. Along with community leaders, dignitaries, and media, Meals on Wheels programs recognize this annual campaign with a variety of events.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services launched our March for Meals campaign with a PSA and an Ultimate Coffee Break from radio station KKDV.

Members of the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department (left back) and Walnut Creek Councilmember, Cindy Silva (front left in red blazer), helped the MOWSOS staff kick off March for Meals with KKDV, March 1st. Radio station KUIC closed ceremonies, March 31st.

Community Champions Week, March 20-24, paired local dignitaries and community leaders with MOWSOS volunteers for meal delivery ride-alongs. This year we were joined by representatives from District Supervisor Karen Mitchoff's office, Councilmembers from Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill, Mayors from Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, and Pleasant Hill, and representatives from Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council, American Medical Response, and Antioch Unified School District.

Pittsburg Mayor Merl Craft (left) with volunteer Craig Cole.

Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder (right) with MOW client Chuck Baird.

To end the campaign with a 'bang', MOWSOS invited students, dignitaries, and community leaders to march on behalf of March for Meals in Walnut Creek and in Antioch. Joining MOWSOS staff were representatives from the offices of Assemblymember Jim Frazier and County Supervisor Diane Burgis, Mayors from Walnut Creek and Antioch, students and teachers from Tice Creek School, staff and residents of The Commons at Dallas Ranch senior community, and community leaders from across the county. Our media partners showed up in full force.

See Media column at left for links to related videos and articles. Additional event photos can be found below.

Tice Creek School students marching through downtown Walnut Creek.
Marchers inviting passers-by in Antioch to 'Honk if you love grandparents!"

For more information about March for Meals, or to be invited to take part in future campaigns, contact Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Officer at 925-239-2487 or

Care Management
Partners in Crisis

Winter storms led to a crisis in rural Morgan Territory when a mudslide closed access roads and cut residents off from critical services. The American Red Cross, CCC Amateur Radio Service, CCC Office of Emergency Services, CCC Reserve Officers, and CCC Search & Rescue joined Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from nine different cities deployed to assess the situation and support residents most in need - targeting primarily those with disabilities and individuals with functional and access needs. 

Along with other community partners, MOWSOS Care Management staff was called to action in support of older residents - addressing their concerns, performing thorough assessments, and connecting them with the vital resources they need to stay safe until the crisis is resolved.

Morgan Territory Road Efforts
Photo courtesy of Concord PD CERT volunteer Ernie Bonacum
Morgan Territory Crisis Team
Photo courtesy of Concord PD
CERT volunteer Ernie Bonacu

Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention Workshop

Come to a free Fall Prevention workshop, Wednesday, May 3rd, 10am - 2pm at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1997 Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek. This event is sponsored by the Fall Prevention Coalition of Contra Costa County.

If falls are a concern, come and learn! Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury for older adults, but they can be prevented. Join us to learn how. Activities include balance testing, gait belt training, and more. This is your opportunity to ask questions and take home resources to reduce falls.

The following Fall Prevention Coalition Members will be on hand to help you put in place plans to prevent a possibly life changing fall.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
BrightStar Care
Visiting Angels, Living Assistance Services
Tender Heart Home Care
Jewish Family & Community Services, East Bay
Linda Meneken, PT, CAPS
Hillendale Home Care
Live 2B Healthy
Safe at Home

For more information about this workshop and the Fall Prevention Program, please contact Alayne Balke at 925-891-4761 or

A Habit of Giving
The Importance of Community
and Why One Family Gives

Eric, Lori and their family care deeply about community. Raising three girls, they always talked about making our community a better place.

Eric explains, "Today we have fences, freeways and busy lifestyles. Our neighbors are too often out of sight, out of mind. We forget that they might need help. Nutrition and social connection are the key. A member of my extended family has some chronic health problems and uses the services of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. I travel a lot for my job, but I know that when she is ill someone will check up on her and bring her a hot meal!"

"Now it is more important than ever for all of us to take a stand. Meals on Wheels has been proven to be incredibly effective. Locally Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services has this wrap-around approach to care that works. When we donate, it is a gift that just keeps on giving."

For more information about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus at or 925-937-8315.

C. C. Café
Spring is Bustin' Out All Over!

Spring has arrived for guests 60 years and over at three of our C.C. Cafés. On March 31st, we hosted a "Spring Fling" event at the Bay Point C.C. Café. Over 90 seniors attended. The second "Spring Fling" event was held in Rodeo with raffle prizes for all attendees. The third "Spring Fling" event will be held at the Pittsburg C.C. Café on April 19th. We will have a DJ for music and raffle prizes and we are looking forward to a great attendance. If you or someone you know would like to join us, please see the attached flyer in both English and Spanish. Reservations are required.

Ken & Ernestine McColm enjoying Saint Patrick's Day at the Rodeo C.C. Cafe.

Edna Nido shows her Saint Patrick's Day spirit!
For more information about enjoying lunch at a C.C. Café, please contact Bonnie Paulson, C.C. Café Program Specialist, at or 925-357-9706.
Meals on Wheels

Oakley Seniors:

Let Your Voices Be Heard!
Working with Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services and various community based organizations, the City of Oakley is currently conducting a survey to determine the needs of Oakley and surrounding areas. Survey results will be used when planning improvements to the Oakley Senior Center and to social services offered in the area.

Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey and let your voices be heard! Responses will be anonymous. Surveys must be received by April 30th to be counted.

Click here for Oakley survey in English.
Click here for Oakley survey in Spanish.

Completed surveys can be dropped off at Oakley City Offices, 3231 Main Street, Oakley, or mailed to MOWSOS at:
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
1300 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Attn: Elaine Clark

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer, MOWSOS at 925-937-8312
 Healthy Bites

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From AARP, five ways to use your lifestyle to keep your brain healthy and sharp!
What behaviors should we adopt to keep our brains in top condition?
  • Connect
  • Discover
  • Move
  • Relax
  • Nourish
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 About Town

Students, chaperones and teachers from Tice Creek School meet and greet Walnut Creek Mayor Rich Carlston and Pro Tem Mayor Justin Wedel after marching through the streets of downtown Walnut Creek in support of March for Meals on Wheels on March 31st! 
Taylor Coover, Field Representative for Assemblymember Jim Frazier, (left), Antioch Mayor, Sean Wright, MOWSOS Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Clark, and Dawn Morrow, District Representative for Supervisor Diane Burgis speak to guests after Marching for Meals on Wheels in Antioch.
Kevin Jones (left), Mike Santos, Anita Nazir and Stephanie Marple with Antioch Unified School District, went on ride alongs in support of March for Meals Community Champions Week with Antioch volunteer Fletcher Haley (pictured right).

The Commons at Dallas Ranch residents and staff pose with MOWSOS staff, local dignitaries, and community leaders before marching in Antioch.
American Medical Response representative, Karen Wright, (left) went on a ride along in support of March for Meals Community Champions Week with Concord volunteer Bob Hill.
Tice Creek students being interviewed by after marching through downtown Walnut Creek during March for Meals on Wheels.

Click here for the related video and article.
The Commons at Dallas Ranch "Scooter Brigade" carries signs and joins the March for Meals on Wheels in Antioch.
MOWSOS Care Management intern, Samantha Lopez, accepts a donation from SHARE East Bay
MOWSOS Health and Wellness Division Manager, Cynthia Black, teaches Tai Chi to students at the Brentwood Senior Center

March for Meals march and ride along photos courtesy of: 
MOWSOS staff, Karen Wright, Rob Schroder, Frank Severa, Tina Hoptry, Wayne Francis. Drone footage courtesy of Tom Raniere.