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Meals on Wheels Orange County - Get Involved

Meals on Wheels Orange County is preparing in the event there is an increased need for short-term volunteer home-delivery drivers to deliver meals to homebound older adults during this time of crisis.

Meals on Wheels OC serves cities in central and north Orange County. If you would like to be added to the interest list, please follow the SIGN UP button below.

Due to COVID-19, ALL other volunteer opportunities are on hold until it is safe for the well-being of the community. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Meal deliveries are made Monday through Friday between 9 am to 12 pm. A valid California driver’s license and background check are required and have a cost of $20.

Join a community of over 650 volunteers who together create a vital network of support for older adults in Orange County. Meals on Wheels Orange County volunteers give a combined total of over 8,800 hours of their time each month to the frail, lonely, and isolated older adults living in our community.

Ways to Get Involved


Pick up meals from local senior or community center and hand-deliver them to seniors’ homes.  Weekdays between 9:00 & 11:00. Each route takes about 1 hour to complete. Background check required.

Prepare & Serve

Greet senior guests and register them for lunch at a senior center near you.  Assist our staff with preparing food and serving lunch to seniors. Join us weekdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Visit a lonely homebound older adult in need of companionship or a helping hand.  Fit visits into your schedule. Typically one hour a week.  Background check required.


Assist at Adult Day Care Center with activities or office work.  Weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Santa Ana, Anaheim or Buena Park.  Background check is required, TB test may be required.


Let a senior know they are not forgotten by providing a small holiday gift to a low-income senior. It is sometimes the only gift they receive from anyone.


Donate 1 day of meals for a senior in need. Your donation will brighten their lives by giving them the nutritious meals and friendly interaction they need. Donate today.


Gain valuable experience in case management, adult day care, food and nutrition, human services, communications and more.  Background check required.


Together we can be the voice for seniors in need. Become an advocate and help us speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves. Speak out for seniors.

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Just One Hour Changes a Life for Good

In just one hour a week Meals on Wheels Orange County volunteers make a big impact on the every day lives of older adults in Orange County.  In one hour you can

  • Deliver a nutritious meal and a friendly check in
  • Dispense cheer and companionship as a friendly visitor
  • Serve a nutritious lunch to older adults at a nearby senior center
  • Assist in a social activity at an Adult Day Program

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Adult Day Services

Chances are 1 in 4 that a senior somewhere in your neighborhood lives alone, possibly without the resources of daily living we take for granted.  You can enhance an older adult’s welfare, help them stay living in the home they love and lessen the loneliness many of them face each day.

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You make it possible to deliver nearly 1 million meals to Orange County seniors each year, and to keep another 7,500 seniors able to live in their homes.  But we have many seniors on our waiting list. Together we can take action to make sure they are nourished in home, heart and health.

Help us deliver nearly 1 million meals to Orange County seniors each year

Saluting Service to Seniors

Servin’ Up Smiles

Featured Volunteer Spotlight

Richard has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels Orange County at the H. Louis Lake Senior Center in Garden Grove for the last two years.  He prepares the food in the kitchen that is served to an average of 75 seniors every day, M-F.  However, on Wednesdays when they have live music and dancing, there can be up to 120 people in attendance for lunch!  Many languages are represented at this center including; English, Vietnamese, Korean, and Cantonese.

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Does volunteering bring you joy? Or, does the nutritious delivered meal or Friendly Visitor volunteer make a difference in your life or the life of your loved one?

We want to hear how much you care. Share your story and inspire others.

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