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Nutrition Services

Meals on the Move (MOM)

For more information send us an email or phone 800-510-2020.

Meals on the Move (MOM) supplements private-sector meal-delivery services on Thanksgiving and Mother's Day, and also provides a limited number of breakfast deliveries to the frailest homebound seniors.

Meals on the Move (MOM) serves homebound elderly 60 years and older. The program's primary purpose is to stabilize the county's home-delivered meal system and supplement private-sector services. MOM provides hot holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Mother's Day, and nutritious daily breakfasts to a limited number of frail homebound seniors.

  • MOM delivers between 1,000 - 2,000 holiday meals.
  • A breakfast meal delivery program reaches more than 300 of the county¿s most needy homebound elderly on a daily basis.

How do people qualify?

They must be 60+ and homebound. These are people who are lonely and isolated and whose independence is threatened by the inability to shop and cook for themselves.

How do we charge for our services?

The meal recipients do not pay for their own meals, sponsors and donors do. The cost of supplying a hot, home-delivered holiday meal is $5; breakfast meals are $2.50.

How do people apply?

Meal recipients are identified by senior and community centers who help coordinate the effort; by referral from friends and family; by direct request. The general community has been made aware of MOM through ads, media articles and PSAs. Donors, potential meal recipients and community centers wishing to participate can call (858) 495-5275.

Is anything unique about this service?

  • San Diego County picks up the tab for administrative costs; most other key support services are donated. Therefore, 100 percent of all money collected goes directly to meals and meal enhancements.
  • MOM exists to augment the efforts of other programs that may be unable to address the needs of the most indigent and isolated homebound elderly.
  • To service an area the size of the state of Connecticut, MOM marshals the resources of dozens of communities across the county, bringing together a mixture of racial, ethnic, religious and geographic groups to cooperate in a common effort.
  • The program provides its meal providers (typically individual senior centers or nutrition sites) with a new, vitally needed source of revenues to fund their daily senior support programs. MOM also serves as a catalyst to attract grants and donations that benefit the group as a whole.
  • Each holiday meal delivery is turned into a special event, to nurture the heart as well as the body.
  • Extra touches, such as carnations and colorful place mats created by area schoolchildren, brighten the occasion.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to sit and chat a spell. They often bring their families along to experience the true meaning of holiday spirit. We receive many letters praising the positive effects of young and old generations coming together in this way.

What other groups would want to know about this service?


MOM isn't just a charity -- it is a marketing opportunity. Depending on the size of the contribution, the sponsor can expect to receive ad and logo recognition on delivery-related banners, promotion materials, ads; distribution of sponsor literature to MOM volunteers, when feasible; customized concept development assistance to promote sponsor association with MOM.


MOM is a community partnership that allows every penny of individual donations to be applied directly to meals and meal enhancements.

Meal providers (senior centers, nutrition sites)

MOM is a potential source of new revenues that otherwise would be unavailable.

Delivery volunteers

MOM provides a way to become involved in the community and is something meaningful that families can do together on the holidays.


For more information send us an email or phone 800-510-2020.