Meals On Wheels
Mizell Senior Center has the largest Meals On Wheels Program in the Coachella Valley, serving more than 400 meals each day to homebound seniors throughout the Coachella Valley from Palm Springs to North Shore Salton Sea. For many of these clients, the Meals on Wheels driver is their only outside contact, and a connection to the world and services that they would otherwise be unable to access. Meals are delivered daily, Monday through Friday with special meals on holidays. We also offer supplemental nutrition to qualified clients that includes breakfast food, milk, juice and fruit.
The Mizell Senior Center Meals On Wheels Program will deliver over 100,000 meals to frail and homebound seniors every year. Without this program, many area seniors would not be receiving sufficient balanced nutrition. The program consists of more than just meal delivery. Our drivers are trained to recognize issues that may be affecting their client. Mizell Senior Center is then able to make the appropriate referrals for services that these seniors might otherwise not even know about. As the largest program of its kind in the Coachella Valley, the Mizell Senior Center Meals On Wheels Program is a critical component in the overall senior safety net.
For information about Meals On Wheels or to enroll, contact Ana Calderon at 760-323-5689 x129 or toll free at 855-589-4646 for a free assessment.
For our current monthly menu, click on the link: May 2013 Menu
Mizell Meals On Wheels Program is funded in part by The Riverside County Office On Aging, The Desert Healthcare District, The California Wellness Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area, The Champions Volunteer Foundation, The Palm Springs Rotary Foundation and Desert Hospital Auxiliary.
Burton D. Fogelman Fund
Endowment Fund to Support Meals On Wheels
Born and raised in the Detroit area, Burt practiced podiatry there for over 30 years, but his real passion was giving back to both the Jewish and secular communities, often bringing the two together. As a result of his work with the Brotherhood of Temple Beth El, the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition, and the Motor City Business Forum, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Banquet and Award Ceremony in 2001.
When he moved to Palm Springs in 2001, he continued his passion for community service by involving himself with existing organizations as well as creating organizations where none existed. He served as an active board member of the Jewish Federation of the Desert, the Jewish National Fund of Palm Springs and Desert Region, Mizell Senior Center, Inland Empire HIV Planning Council and Temple Isaiah, and was a regular volunteer at the Desert AIDS Project and AIDS Assistance Program. He founded SHALOM, the first-ever group designed to bring together Jewish gays and lesbians in the Coachella Valley to celebrate their common cultural heritage. In 2006, Burt was again recognized with the “Partners for Life” award at the Desert AIDS Project’s 12th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.
In addition to his gift of bringing people together and making all feel welcome, one of Burt’s biggest passions was feeding the hungry. Whether waking up at 5 AM every Wednesday to deliver food, setting up food pantry distribution centers or showing up at Mizell with a homeless person who needed a good meal, making sure no one in his community went hungry was a significant driver behind the charitable actions throughout his life.
Mizell Senior Center has the largest Meals On Wheels Program in the Coachella Valley, delivering over 70,000 meals to frail and homebound seniors every year. For many of these clients, the Meals on Wheels driver is their only outside contact, and a connection to the world and services that they would otherwise be unable to access. Keeping people active and engaged and making sure food is available to those who need it were two of Burt’s passions; he would be delighted to know that through this fund his legacy will continue to care for those in the desert community who need a helping hand and a welcoming smile.
Donations in Burt’s memory can be made by clicking here. In addition, if you are interested in helping us create an annual fundraiser to remember Burt while continuing to fund the endowment please email his daughter Marlo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels sign up form.