Meals on Wheels San Francisco (MOWSF) plans on making sure no homebound senior in the City goes hungry.
The nonprofit has begun construction on a $41.5 million state-of-the-art industrial kitchen and food production facility in Bayview to replace its current kitchen which produces approximately 8,000 meals daily. The new kitchen has the ability to produce up to 20,000 meals per day to meet the needs of the growing population of food insecure older adults 60 and older in San Francisco. That population, according to the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), has grown by 27 percent within the next 11 years.
“The new kitchen is important to our community; without it, in just 2-3 years, we would cease being able to serve the most vulnerable seniors, many living on less than $900 a month,” explained Meals on Wheels San Francisco CEO and Executive Director, Ashley McCumber. “We’re seeing approximately 1,200 new older adult clients each year who are depending on us to help them age with dignity and independence in their homes. Our new kitchen and production facility allows us to be there for thousands of seniors today, tomorrow, and for many decades to come. “
Approximately 80 percent of the funds for the new kitchen have been secured through private donations and government support made during the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. In order to meet the project construction timeline, MOWSF secured NMTC financing which delivers $8.1 million to the project.
The San Francisco Community Investment Fund and Community Impact Partners, Community Vision CA, and Chase Bank, are supporting the build via NMTC. The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development is also supporting the expansion with a $1 million grant. The remaining $8 million of the $41.5 million project still needs to be raised through the ongoing capital campaign.