About Us

SOS Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the issue of senior isolation and hunger locally. Initially called Service Opportunities for Seniors, SOS was founded by a compassionate community activist named Emma Vargas in 1966 as an extension of an outreach program to seniors in an old church facility in Hayward. The program expanded steadily over the years, adopted the Meals on Wheels moniker and model, and in 2013 SOS Meals on Wheels designed and completed a new commercial kitchen in San Leandro, dramatically increasing our ability to meet the needs of seniors in the community. SOS Meals on Wheels currently delivers 1,600 meals daily.

Our mission as an organization is to promote nutritional health, decrease the possibility of premature institutionalization, and foster the independence and dignity of homebound seniors in Central Alameda County and the City of Oakland.

We are part of a network of 5,000+ independently run local meals on wheels programs across the United States.

91% of our seniors assert that receiving a daily meal has improved their health and 97% agree that it helps them stay in their home.
— 2018 SOS Meals on Wheels Client Satisfaction Survey