Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

Saving Lives, One Meal at a Time.

Martinez, CA   |

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Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

EIN: 68-0231350


We support homebound elders with nutritious daily meals, to maintain their health, independence and dignity and enable them to stay in the comfort and security of their own homes.

Ruling year info



Mr. Robert Michael Sessler

Main address

PO Box 3195

Martinez, CA 94553 USA

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Subject area info

Medical support services

Human services

Population served info


Low-income people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Meals on Wheels in Contra Costa County provides meals to nutritionally at-risk homebound elders with no other viable means of receiving a nutritious daily meal. Seniors are the fastest- growing population in Contra Costa County and many of these seniors have challenges that prevent them from accessing ad/or preparing healthy food. Many seniors have limited means of transportation, one or more underlying health conditions, and no friends or family close by to depend on to help them with their nutritional needs.

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?

Meals on wheels

We raise the funds to subsidize 50% of the cost of the meals delivered to homebound elders through the countywide Meals on Wheels Program in Contra Costa County California.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

Meals on wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of meals served to homebound seniors in Contra Costa County

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our primary objective is to provide all nutritionally at-risk homebound elders in our County with nutritious daily meals through Meals on Wheels to help them maintain their health and independence. In doing this, our seniors are able remain living in the comfort and security of their own homes for as long as possible. We help bridge the health gap in the aging population by providing nutritious meals for seniors who may otherwise not have the resources to provide for themselves.

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, Inc. is a coalition of multiple agencies involved in providing Meals on Wheels Services to homebound elders in Contra Costa County. We subcontract through two other organizations: Meals on Wheels Diablo Region and West County Meals on Wheels to handle the intake process for our clients and coordinate meal deliveries. We are the largest funder of meals for seniors in Contra Costa County and provide the financial resources needed to close the gap between limited government funding and an ever-increasing need for services. It is our responsibility to find the necessary financial resources from the community to ensure that all qualifying homebound elders can be reached with Meals on Wheels in a timely manner to maintain their health and independence. We subsidize over 416,000 nutritious meals annually which are then delivered to frail, nutritionally at-risk homebound elders in the county.

We raise and spend more than $1.6 million per year in individual contributions and charitable grants to subsidize more than 416,000 annual meals delivered to homebound elders throughout our county annually; an average of 1,650 meals per day. Over our 30+ years, we have established a strong repertoire within the community as the only agency in our county raising funds to provide the meals delivered to homebound elders served by the countywide Meals on Wheels Program. We have registered dieticians on staff, ensuring that meals are nutritionally balanced and tailored to specific dietary needs as well as a strong team of staff and volunteers delivering meals and performing well checks on our seniors. We have a broad network of partners including Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, West County Meals on Wheels, and the Contra Costa County Public Health Senior Nutrition Program.

Since 1990, Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa has raised more than $17 million from the community and subsidized more that 5.3 million meals delivered to homebound elders countywide. We bridge the widening gap between an ever increasing number of frail homebound elders in need of Meals on Wheels in our county, and insufficient government funding for these critical services. In the future, we are looking to continue to expand our program by increasing our service area, creating new service routes, eliminating the wait list for all routes, and continue to grow in our support for the homebound seniors in our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 308.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $605,278 $1,151,554 $1,409,903 $49,485 -$286,271
As % of expenses 34.6% 61.2% 67.4% 2.1% -10.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $605,278 $1,151,554 $1,409,903 $49,485 -$286,271
As % of expenses 34.6% 61.2% 67.4% 2.1% -10.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,354,040 $3,039,172 $3,518,742 $2,361,618 $2,504,428
Total revenue, % change over prior year 29.2% 29.1% 15.8% -32.9% 6.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.6% 0.2% 10.8% -28.4% 6.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.4% 99.8% 89.2% 128.4% 93.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,747,310 $1,881,988 $2,093,213 $2,315,237 $2,781,525
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.6% 7.7% 11.2% 10.6% 20.1%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% 4.1% 8.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 73.1% 75.3% 76.7% 75.3% 75.8%
All other expenses 26.9% 24.5% 23.0% 15.6% 15.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,747,310 $1,881,988 $2,093,213 $2,315,237 $2,781,525
One month of savings $145,609 $156,832 $174,434 $192,936 $231,794
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,892,919 $2,038,820 $2,267,647 $2,508,173 $3,013,319

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 16.6 22.8 31.2 6.4 3.1
Months of cash and investments 16.6 22.8 31.2 6.4 3.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 16.1 22.3 28.1 25.8 20.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $2,410,666 $3,578,696 $5,437,850 $1,239,096 $713,087
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $22,538 $0 $24,389 $0 $87,131
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.7% 0.2% 9.4% 0.3% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,345,051 $3,496,605 $4,906,508 $4,971,624 $4,685,353
Temporarily restricted net assets $70,734 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $70,734 $76,364 $91,990 $88,886 $98,060
Total net assets $2,415,785 $3,572,969 $4,998,498 $5,060,510 $4,783,413

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr. Robert Michael Sessler

9/07 - Present: Consultant in Aging and Long Term Care, home and community-based services, for Contra Costa County California Employment and Human Services Dept.. 8/99-8/07 Aging and Adult Services Director, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department, Martinez, CA 3/95-8/99 Manager, Aging and Adult Services, Contra Costa County Social Service Department, Martinez, CA 3/89-3/95 Director, Contra Costa County Office on Aging, Martinez, CA M.P.A. 1984, California State University, Hayward, Hayward, CA concentration: public management B. A., 1967, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA history major; sociology and psychology minor

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Robert Sessler

Lorna Van Ackeren

County Advisory Council on Aging

A. Paul Kraintz

Richard C San Vicente

Martin S Johnson

Ana Bagtas

Area Agency on Aging

Matthew Avedikian

Steven Minchen

Tim Hyden

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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 2/16/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2023

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.