Programs such as meals-on-wheels have become critical for vulnerable seniors. “With all Americans being urged to remain at home, we are experiencing a new wave of homebound seniors who may not know from where their next meal will come,” says Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Local Meals on Wheels programs are uniquely positioned to reach these at-risk individuals and are working tirelessly to adapt to the rapidly evolving situation, deliver meals safely, and respond to an unprecedented increase in need.” Indeed, Willits resident Carol is grateful for this resource. “Thank you for this wonderful program. I really appreciative being able to stay safely in my home and have a meal delivered to my door. Keep up the good work.”

The Community Foundation focuses on working with local non-profit partners uniquely positioned to care for their clients. By providing the necessary funding we are supporting their work and the seniors who rely on them. “This grant has also allowed us to lower our meal cost to $5.00 per meal, making it affordable to those who are financially challenged,” Richard Baker of Willits Seniors notes. “There are no words that accurately express how much providing a safe meal means to those who receive it, but most of all it says our community cares. On behalf of all those who have given our staff and volunteers countless heartfelt 'thank yous' for the meals provided, I would like to pass on this gratitude to the Community Foundation of Mendocino County for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all those who call Mendocino County home.”

When we established the COVID-19 Relief Fund we knew food insecurity was one of the most pressing issues. As the days become weeks, and now months, in which we are sheltering-in-place, we know the need will continue to rise. Our goal is to provide support to our most vulnerable residents for as long as we can, and we thank everyone who is making this possible.