About Sierra Senior Services

Our Mission

Sierra Senior Services provides home-delivered meals, community dining, and social connection, and coordinates additional support services that empower seniors to continue living independently.

Our Vision

A Truckee/North Lake Tahoe community in which all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

Who We Are

Sierra Senior Services, serving at-risk individuals 60 years of age or older in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area since 2001, provides home-delivered meals by caring and dedicated community volunteers Monday through Friday.  Volunteers bring food and friendship along with a daily wellness check to isolated seniors.

Meals are prepared in our kitchen and provide 1/3 of the minimum daily requirements for older adults.  ALL are low in sodium, cholesterol and fat and are approved by a Registered Dietician. 

Meal distribution is as follows: 38% home delivered meals to Placer County; 28% home delivered to Nevada County; 19% Community Dining Room; 15% Washoe County. 

Our delivery area is approximately 860 square miles. From Donner summit up Highway 89 to Hirschdale and from Incline Village to Tahoma on the West Shore.  Two-thirds of our seniors are home bound, 83% live alone, 68% are renters, 52% are disabled, 75% are over the age of 75.

Meals on Wheels is a contribution program and individuals who are 60 years of age or older and who have diminished capacity in at least two of the following areas:    walking, transferring, standing, bathing, dressing, preparing a meal or mental competency, are eligible to participate.

We Also Offer

  • Daily Wellness Checks.  Our delivery volunteer drivers bring a hot meal, some conversation and a daily health check to home-bound seniors.
  • Safety Net Checks.  To be sure people are okay and safe in their homes.
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic
  • Fun Activities and Socialization
  • Health & Wellness Seminars
  • Resources and Referrals

Sources of Funding

31% Federal and State; 38% Fundraising and General Contributions; 6% Private  Foundations; 12% Placer County Government; 7% In Kind Support; 6% Program Participants.   More than 150 (+) volunteers contribute time to equal approximately $125,000 per year.

Fundraising efforts include – Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo,  Quarterly Pancake Breakfast and Give Hunger the Boot.

Our volunteers drive delivery vehicles, provide in-kind contributions, help with fundraising, office/kitchen duties and tech support.


Sierra Senior Services, a California 501-(c)-3 Non-profit Corporation · Tax ID 68-0484075 

Board of Directors 2019

Jonn Melrose, Chairman

John Manocchio, Director

John Manocchio is currently serving as Board Chairman. He is a 17 year resident of the North Tahoe/Truckee area. He and his wife, Sarah are raising their 2 boys, Lucas 4 and Zachary 2 in Truckee. As a financial advisor and a former mechanical engineer and operations manager in the manufacturing industry, he brings a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the board of Sierra Senior Services. These skills range from analytical problem solving, to long term strategic planning, to financial and business analysis, to leadership.

Jim Dykstra,Treasurer

Jim Dykstra has lived in Incline Village for 14 years with his wife Jane, and they have two children, Jessica and Joshua, who are graduates of Incline High School. Jim is a retired Certified Public Accountant who spent most of his career working as a financial executive for the Dole Food Company and Tahoe City Public Utility District. He is passionate about the Meals on Wheels program, because he witnessed how it helped his father in Southern California during his battle with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer).

Mary Anderson, Secretary

Mary Anderson joined the Board in June of 2013 after having relocated from San Francisco to Tahoe City where she and her husband had a vacation home for some 30 years. Mary has been in non profit association management for her entire career, having recently served as Executive Director for a social service agency in Fremont that provided food, companionship, transportation support and in-home exercise to homebound seniors. Mary looks forward to helping Sierra Senior Services as an involved and interested Board member.

Susan Duffy Smith, Director

In her role as Recreation Coordinator for Senior activities for Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, Susan was interacting with Sierra Senior Services staff on a regular basis; organizing trips, picnics, and other socialization opportunities for seniors in the community.  Susan joined the Sierra Senior Services Board and pooled community resources and contacts so that both her employer and SSS could offer more and better services to the senior population. Susan was also familiar with the Meals on Wheels program as a child. Her mother was an RN, and one of her main volunteer activities was serving as a driver and volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program in Tucson, Arizona. She felt it was really important for caring people to deliver meals to people who are homebound, check on their welfare, and provide a link to the community for them. When Susan was looking around for organizations where she could make a difference as a volunteer, Sierra Senior Services stood out as serving an important role for people who really need help.

Allan Marshall, Director



Director positions are available,  if you are interested in helping seniors in our community please contact Sharon Romack, sharon@sierraseniors.org or 530-550-7600.

Sierra Senior Services Staff

Sharon Romack, Executive Director

Sharon Romack’s career has been concentrated in non-profit management. She has served organizations in many different roles - from a volunteer to marketing director to senior management. Under her leadership, several struggling organizations saw renewed financial stability with new events for raising additional funds. Her marketing and social media skills have helped organizations increase their visibility and her training in public speaking enables her to effectively communicate with different types of people in all different settings.

Sharon was born and raised in the Chicago area. When her daughter moved to Lake Tahoe 14 years ago she began visiting regularly. Sharon soon realized that living in the Basin with its peaceful lifestyle and varied professional opportunities was just what she was looking for as the next step in her life. She made the move and has not looked back since!

Carolyn O'Conner, Home Delivered Meals Coordinator

David Lutz, Nutrition Program Coordinator

Derrick Edgell, Cook

Linda Knapik, Assistant Cook

Clydine Meadville, Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Charlotte Carpenter, Data Analyst

Sierra Senior Services serving Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline Village.
10040 Estates Drive | P O Box 4152 | Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-550-7600 | info@sierraseniors.org
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