Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery

Thursday, November 22, 2018

1375 Fairfax Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124

Meals on Wheels San Francisco continues a long-time tradition of bringing the joy of the holiday to thousands of homebound seniors who cannot leave their homes because of age or illness with its annual Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery. Hundreds of volunteers help deliver the meals, a placemat, and a gift on Thanksgiving day. For some recipients, a visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only contact from the outside world they will receive that day. 

We will have volunteer jobs onsite as well as delivery routes for those with cars. On site shifts and meal delivery routes are designed to take approximately three hours to complete.

  • Meal Delivery Volunteer requires an individual or a group to have one car plus a driver with a valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance. Meal delivery orientation will happen onsite the day of Thanksgiving as part of your shift.
  • Onsite Volunteers will be working outside and on their feet with short breaks. They must be able to lift 40lbs. Orientation attendance is required and will occur on two evenings the week before Thanksgiving.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I need to go on Thanksgiving Day?

We are located at 1375 Fairfax Ave in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.


What time do I need to arrive for my volunteer shift?

Arrive at your assigned shift time and not before. Check the confirmation email that you received after signing up. It will tell you what job you signed up for and what time your shift is. 


Do I need a car to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day?

If you want to deliver meals, we do require you or your group have your own vehicle. Onsite volunteer jobs do not require a vehicle.


Do I need to have car insurance to do meal deliveries?

Yes, you or the vehicle driver will need to share with us a valid car insurance policy number on the liability form.


How many people can go on a delivery route?

We define a delivery route as equal to 1 vehicle. Therefore, you can have as many people you like in your own car, but you need to be able to fit 10 meals in the car with the passengers.  Also only 1 individual needs to sign up per route; everyone else in your car does not need to sign up.


Do I need to come to pre-Thanksgiving orientation?

Only if you signed up for one of the following 6 onsite jobs. You have a choice of orientation on Tuesday 11/13 or Thursday 11/15.

Traffic Control
Route Assignment
Packing Meals
Volunteer Check-in/Registration
Drop off/Returns


Do I need to attend the orientation on site Thanksgiving Day if I am delivering meals?

Whether this is your 1st or 20th year, we need you to attend the orientation on site Thanksgiving Day. The orientation changes slightly each year and it is meant to inform you about delivering to a senior, what to do in case no one answers the door, or if you have questions while on the route and what to do at the end for your delivery.


Can I bring my children with me? Is there an age requirement and will it be safe?

Yes, you can bring your children with you. No, there is no age requirement but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Groups with children will be given family friendly routes.


How much time should I expect to be volunteering from the time I arrive at MOWSF until I finish all the meal deliveries?

Typically, it takes an average of three hours to come to our office, check-in, have breakfast, attend an orientation, grab your route sheet, meals, gifts and deliver the meals to the clients and come back to our office to return the items.


How many clients should I expect to meet on a delivery route?

We typically place between 8-12 clients on each route.