June 30, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Meals On Wheels Food Costs Increase 63 Percent:

For Meals On Wheels West president/CEO RoseMary Regalbuto, the rising cost of food is taking a toll on the local non-profit organization that serves up to 190 Santa Monica clients on its busiest days.

The meal supplier to Meals On Wheels West (MOWW) and other small local Meals On Wheels programs recently announced a 63 percent increase in the cost of the meals and that it will also no longer prepare two meals per day per client.

Regalbuto said the new pricing structure goes into effect July 1 leaving little time to find alternatives or to raise additional funding.

“Prices have gone up,” Regalbuto said. “I can’t expect to get the same bargain that I’ve had since 2008 with my food provider. They just can’t afford to do it anymore at those prices due to increased labor costs, food costs, gas prices, and insurance.”

MOWW’s mission is to deliver two meals per day to keep home bound clients healthy and properly nourished.

Less food at a higher cost threatens the agency’s ability to fulfill its missions.

Regalbuto said nearly 60 percent of the clients already couldn’t afford the daily fee of $6.

“As of June 1, our food provider changed to delivering a hot meal for lunch and a cold snack,” she said. “The snack really isn’t sufficient, so I’ve been going to Costco and buying things to supplement it like granola bars, juice, mixed fruit cups, peanut butter and crackers. We’re looking at the healthier choices and low-fat options. We’ll continue to supplement meals until we find a new food provider.”

MOWW is using this opportunity to find a new food provider who will have a new menu offering ethnic flavors, more variety, and updated choices to meet the needs of the boomer generation.

But Regalbuto said this wasn’t an easy task as MOWW takes care of all special diets.

“We honor their dislikes,” she said. “If they hate green beans, there’s no point bringing green beans because they aren’t going to eat them. I think it’s really important that we honor those special likes and dislikes and we provide all their dietary needs. We have all sorts of diets we cater to: renal diets, puree diets, low fat, low cholesterol, vitamin k, diabetic, and two-gram sodium.”

Meals On Wheels West is a lean agency that relies upon a great deal of volunteer energy and is funded primarily by donations from individuals.

Volunteer Lars Jensen has been delivering meals for just over a year.

“I was happily retired for four years and I was looking for something else to do to get out of the house,” Jensen said. “I decided to volunteer after I received their flier in the mail.”

He said he delivers meals each Monday and Friday.

“The people in the office are extremely nice,” he said. “The clients are very thankful and they are happy. It’s just a nice thing to do.”

The office is located at 1823-A Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica.

For more information on MOWW, call 310.394.5133 or visit www.MealsOnWheelsWest.org.

in News
Related Posts

Central Coast Brewery Makes Westside Acquisitions

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Figueroa Mountain Brewing acquires Broxton Brewery, The Stalking Horse and more. Staff, current beer taps to remain on board at...

Mexican Restaurant Possibly Expanding Into Former Swingers Space

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Bar Hermanito applies for an alcohol exemption sales permit for space at 802 Broadway in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana...

Six Family-Fun Westside Fourth of July Events

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Fireworks, parades, runs and more taking place across the Westside  By Ashley Sloan  Pacific Palisades  The Pacific Palisades will be...

California Credit Union Awards Grant to Santa Monica Teacher

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Building electric circuit friendship detectors and applying engineering principles to solve real world problems are Westside school projects receiving funding...

Santa Monica’s Building Bridges Art Exchange Presents: J.J. Martin’s “Role Models”

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

A traveling exhibit in partnership with Indianilla Cultural Center, Mexico City and Real de Catorce Cultural Center, Real de Catorce,...

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Rules to Streamline Meetings

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Pilot program will run through end of year By Dolores Quintana At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on June...

Banning Construction of New Gas Stations in Los Angeles?

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Motion from LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz calls for banning the building of any new gas pumping facilities By Sam...

Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change: Santa Monica Beat – June 27th, 2022

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change * Smash...

Pico Boulevard Affordable Housing Project Tops Out

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Brunson Terrance coming to 1819 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana Community Corp. of Santa Monica has completed...

The Los Angeles Real Estate Market May Finally Be Slowing Down

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Real estate sales drop 21 percent in past year By Dolores Quintana The Los Angeles real estate market is showing...

Redevelopment Complete of Former Westside Pavilion Macy’s

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Developer announces complete of West End at Pico and Overland Developer HLW, on behalf of GPI Companies and in partnership...

Mayor Himmelrich’s Tax Transfer Measure Is Favored to Qualify for the November Election

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

In a cursory review, the City Clerk’s office verified 10,277 of the over 11,000 signatures  By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica...

Active Shooter Training Set for Santa Monica Middle School Friday

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Drill to take place at John Adams Middle School Friday morning By Sam Catanzaro ​​An active shooter training will take...

Metro Church and Cafe Fundraising To Keep Space in Santa Monica

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Non-profit church and coffee shop shut down following false vermin complaint By Dolores Quintana Metropolis Santa Monica is a multi-use...