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Riverside Meals on Wheels expands services amid rising demand among seniors and disabled residents

Facing a rise in housebound seniors, Riverside Meals on Wheels innovates with EBT payments and a strategic partnership for better nutrition.

Riverside Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alex Arana delivers a meal to Mrs. Howard.

In response to the growing needs of Riverside's aging and disabled population, Riverside Meals on Wheels (RMOW) has expanded its services, including accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments and partnering with local businesses for improved meal quality.

California is witnessing a significant increase in its over-60 population, a trend particularly evident in Riverside. RMOW, a key provider of home-delivered meals for housebound seniors and disabled individuals, has seen a notable uptick in demand for its services. To adapt, the nonprofit has introduced EBT payments this year, broadening its reach.

Additionally, RMOW has joined forces with Prep Success Meals, a Riverside-based commercial kitchen, to enhance the nutritional value and taste of the meals provided. Local recipients have expressed appreciation for the quality of the meals and the service's impact on their lives. One recipient, Mrs. Howard, shared, "Cooking for myself has become difficult with my limited mobility. I love my Meals on Wheels!"

In a strategic move to serve surrounding cities, RMOW has set up a satellite location inside the Manna House of Inland Vineyard Church, Corona. This site enables them to cater efficiently to Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and Jurupa Valley while continuing Riverside operations from their corporate office at the First United Methodist Church of Riverside.

A unique aspect of RMOW's service includes providing food for clients' pets in collaboration with Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Services. "With many seniors living alone, their pet is their daily companion. It is heartwarming to deliver a meal to both shut-ins. We are grateful for the pet food that Mary S. Roberts donates to our program so we can deliver two meals," stated Alex Arana, Executive Director of RMOW.

RMOW, reliant on community support through donations and volunteering, is also seeking community leaders to join its Board of Directors. Their mission is to ensure that senior, disabled, and housebound neighbors can live independently in their own homes with access to fresh meals, friendly visits, and safety checks.

For those interested in volunteering or donating, contact RMOW at 951-683-7151 or visit