Culver Palms Meals on Wheels

Serving From Pico Blvd. to LAX

aka Meals on Wheels Culver Palms   |   Culver City, CA   |  http://www.culverpalmsmealsonwheels.org

Mission

In 1974, a group of concerned community members created Culver Palms Meals on Wheels to provide nutritious meals to persons at a nominal fee for those confined to their homes due to illness, accident, disability, convalescing, or age. Today, we want to ensure those who cannot afford meals are taken care of, so we also offer a sliding scale to those unable to contribute. We serve a 40-square-mile radius of the Los Angeles basin, from Pico Boulevard to LAX and La Cienega Boulevard to the coast. With a part-time staff of 3 and our excellent corps of volunteers who donate over 850 hours per month, we deliver over 34,000 meals annually.

Notes from the nonprofit

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels is more than delivering a meal. One day a client did not answer his door. Our volunteer called the office to let us know. We knew this client always came to the door, so we called the family to check if he had an emergency doctor appointment and forgot to tell us. The family member said he should answer the door, so they drove to their father's house and found him on the floor. He had fallen during the night, broken his shoulder, and could not get up. How long would he have laid there if he was not receiving meals? We also make calls to those clients who wish to have a little bit more contact, especially if they have no family, and we celebrate their birthdays with a little gift bag and card, and during most holidays, we deliver little treats to add a little joy.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Mrs. Pamela Frieden

Board President

Alan Hall

Main address

4427 Overland Ave

Culver City, CA 90230 USA

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EIN

95-2891033

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 10,000 Baby Boomers reach 65 every day, making seniors the most rapidly increasing segment of the US population. Unfortunately, this rapid growth is met with limited resources, as national hunger rates are significantly higher among seniors. California, in particular, sees relatively high rates of food insecurity – with approximately 16% of its seniors struggling with hunger, 21% living in isolation, and 29% living in or near poverty. These issues threaten the security of seniors and disabled individuals, especially when combined with severe rent increases and the recent rise in living costs. Living expenses can often consume more than 50% of a senior's budget, and other needs, like food and health, inevitably become neglected. Elderly seniors above the age of 80 particularly need proper nutrition. Many are ill or disabled and require nutrients that one cannot find in prepackaged snack foods.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals and friendly visits to as many homebound, vulnerable and needy people as possible. Our area of service is from Pico Blvd. to LAX and from La Cienega to the coast. With a part -time staff of 3 along with our wonderful corps of volunteers who donate a combined total of over 850 hours per month, we deliver over 34,000 meals per year.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Meals on Wheels of America 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities, Adults

Related Program

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From 2018 to 2019, we increased our meal count by 21%. We delivered more meals during the pandemic (up another 32%) because we received the necessary funding to provide double meals for four months.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Older adults

Related Program

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers represent unduplicated clients served. The numbers had to be calculated manually. Now that we have new technology, these numbers will be more accurate for 2022-2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to continue building our capacity to move, grow, and expand our program. We believe there are seniors in our community who are not currently receiving meals but would benefit from our services. And although 48% of our seniors contribute a nominal fee, many cannot afford to pay anything, especially today, due to the high rate of inflation we are all experiencing. We need financial support to purchase their meals since we are a private nonprofit and receive no government monies. We continue to finance 52% of the seniors we serve, and without the necessary funding, we will need to create a waitlist that will impact seniors’ lives.
Our nutritious meals and friendly visits help our clients cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation, and loss of independence. We want to ensure that no senior goes hungry and that their basic needs are met. From Pico Boulevard to LAX and from La Cienega Boulevard to the coast, we deliver nutritious meals and establish friendly neighborly relationships to promote health and fellowship within the community we serve. Research has shown that a balanced diet improves the intake of medications, aids recovery, and reduces trips to the emergency room. Beyond nutrition, regular wellness and safety check-ins are necessary to prevent isolation and loneliness.

We will accomplish this through conservative fiscal management, especially during these uncertain economic times. We will also engage our community through fundraising and soliciting by direct mail, continuing donor cultivation through our newsletter, and writing grants to those who can help us fund our program.

We have a lean, dedicated staff filled with passion for helping others which gives us the strength to increase our client count. We coordinate with over 100 volunteers and four community disabled organizations to serve the disabled, homebound, aged, and hungry. From April 2021 to March 2022, our volunteers donated over 10,400 volunteer hours to ensure no senior goes hungry. We have designed a thorough and efficient intake model to match clients’ needs properly with our services.

In 2019 we were serving 89 clients, and the pandemic happened, and our client count grew to 147. Today we are helping 152 people without adding additional staff and relying on the generosity of our volunteers. Over the past two years, we have internalized the mindset of being flexible, adaptable, and responsive to new opportunities. Because of the pandemic, we had to change from serving hot meals to frozen meals, and then, in mid-2021, we reworked our program to return to serving hot meals.
Besides maintaining a 65% increase in the number of clients served in 2021, we also implemented a complete technology conversion of all our client’s information to prepare us to meet the growing number of seniors needing our services well into the future. We also had to devise alternative ways to socialize with our clients during the pandemic, so we established a volunteer base Wellness Call program focusing on individuals without family support.

We are ready to expand our services, reach more underrepresented clients in our community, and increase our data collection and use capacity. We will continue to focus on keeping our clients engaged in person and by phone; recruiting new volunteers will be necessary to provide increased service levels while ensuring paid part-time staff does not burn out. We will soon have a new brochure that we hope will encourage the interest of those in the community who can provide the necessary means and contributions to help us feed the seniors we serve. By remaining flexible, we will work towards improving our program and data collection and seek financial balance as we branch out into new funding streams.

Financials

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Culver Palms Meals on Wheels

Board of directors
as of 07/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alan Hall

Denise Weddle

Bonnie Keady

Andrew Weissman

Cecelia Boskin

Julie West

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data