Hot food, warm smiles, peace of mind
The Health Trust Meals on Wheels program serves physically challenged, homebound individuals, whether they are elderly, are recuperating after a recent hospitalization, or have disabilities confining them to a wheelchair. Our trained drivers, most of whom are volunteers, deliver hot, nutritious meals five days a week, sometimes with the option of a once-a-week frozen meal. Weekend meals, or “boxed lunches,” contain sandwiches for Saturday and salads for Sunday. All meals are served with an individual beverage and fresh fruit. Our drivers also provide daily wellness checks, making sure that our clients are safe, alert and cared for. This service provides peace of mind not only to the clients, but also to their families.
Meals on Wheels also offers case management that connects clients with needed services and helps during a crisis. And we provide pet food for clients with pets through our Pets and their Loving Seniors (PALS) program.
Our greatest need is for volunteers to deliver hot meals and provide companionship to homebound adults during the weekday. Often, our drivers are the only visitors our clients receive in a day. We provide the hot meals, background information about your clients and directions to their homes. You supply your time and energy, as well as the automobile and gasoline to complete your route. Meals are picked up at The Health Jerry Larson Trust Food Basket, 1043 Garland Avenue, near The Alameda in San Jose.
Because of the training involved, as well as the necessity of providing stability for our clients, we have the following requirements:
- A minimum six-month commitment
- Availability from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. one day per week
- A valid driver’s license and auto insurance
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must complete and clear a background check
- Must have had a Yearly TB test
Pack-Out volunteers assemble the meals according to route and pack them in containers for the drivers. They work at The Health Trust Jerry Larson FOODBasket, 1043 Garland Avenue in San Jose, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
We are always in need of volunteers to help us with office projects, filing, copying and other administrative tasks. Proficiency in Outlook, Word and Excel is desired.
Delivery of Pet Food
Many of our clients have pets who need meals, too! Volunteer to pick-up and sort pet food.
Community Outreach Events
Meals on Wheels is looking for individuals who would be willing to represent us at health fairs and other community outreach events.
Throughout the year, Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to help with special projects such as wrapping gifts during the holiday season.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, or want more information about volunteer opportunities please contact:
We request information such as name, address, phone number, health status, etc. We also ask that you provide the name and phone number of a family member or friend whom we can contact if there is an emergency or we do not find you at home. We will send you a service agreement that outlines our services and the contribution that you have agreed to make for your meals. You must sign that agreement and send or fax it back to us before we can start service.
Although there is no charge for this service for qualified applicants, we do request that those who can afford it contribute to the cost of the meals, which is $10 per day. Grants and other funding is available for low-income seniors.
If the route you live on is full, you may be placed on a waiting list until space is available.
If you have further questions, please see our Client Frequently Asked Questions or call our office at 408.961.9870 or toll-free at 800.505.3367.
Our goal is to provide food resources so that low-income, homebound Meals on Wheels clients can best care for their animal companions – which, in turn, provide them with therapeutic support to help them maintain their health, well-being, and independence. Ensuring adequate nutrition is vital to our clients. Hunger can be life-threatening. The PALS Program ensures that both the pet and owner receive adequate nutrition to maintain good health.