Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Rating: 4.98 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 320 South Fwy Fort Worth TX 76104 USA

Mission: To promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services.
Results: We have cooked and delivered more than 15 million meals since 1973.
Target demographics: Homebound elderly and disabled people in Tarrant County who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and who have no one to do so for them.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Geographic areas served: Tarrant County, Texas
Programs: Home-delivered meals Client services Neighbor Helping Neighbor HAIL (Healthy Aging and Indepdent Living) Client services: companion pet food, friendly visits from volunteers, supplemental pantry food, mobility assistance (wheelchairs, grab bars, ramps, walkers, etc.), utility bill payment assistance, smoke detectors, heaters/blankets, fans/air conditioners, etc.

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Altough I no longer volunteer, I feel Meals on Wheels is a great organziation. Not only do they provide nutritious meals, but they also provide companionship. I loved the people I delivered food to like my own family. One gentleman I got to know very well and when I had to return to work, I truly missed talking with him. This is a great program that shows people who might otherwise be alone, that there are still people that care about them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

To bring the program to local schools so students can volunteer.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes; It taught me that the smallest things make a difference-a hug, a smile, a compliment.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The experience made me feel that tha world is a great place when people work together to help others.

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8 people found this review helpful

I had the awesome experience of delivering meals through Meals on Wheels. I loved the opportunity. The best part was getting to talk with the people on my delivery route. They are so loving and some just need someone to talk to and check on them. I only delivered for 1 month, but I was deeply affected by the wonderful opportunity. I cannot wait until the summer comes again so I can begin delivering meals to those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Meal delivery on weekends.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know the people on my route.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly and caring. They believed in the organization and took pride in being on staff and serving as volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Take the meal delivery to a higher level and include all types of people that needed help.

Ways to make it better...

If I had been able to volunteer year round. But due to my work schedule I am only able to volunteer during the summer months.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently started volunteering as a substitute in the Keller & Watauga area. I deliver meals on my lunch hour. This has been a very rewarding experience. Because my route is new each time it takes me a while longer to deliver than their regular delivery person. No matter what time I deliver they are always glad to see me, always appreciative for the meals I deliver. They often share a little story with me and always have a smile on their face. I know that for many this the only way they can continue to live independently. It insures that have healthy meals each day and I often wonder if it is the meal or the social contact they look forward to most. Often they are waiting at the door when I get out of car. I love this ministry. This is a great group to volunteer with and they are so highly organized it is amazing. Thanks so much for this opportunity to serve.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been reciving meals for sometime now and without MOW I would go hungry. The volenteers that delivier are some of the nicest people I have ever had the joy to be in contact with. There is one special lady that I am so proud to know. You can tell by her smile and caring voice that she is truly decitated to the people on her route. She is such a special person. Always has time to say hello and how are you doing. This lady puts the joy in my day. Thank You Meals on Wheels for all you do.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I deliver meals every Monday and substitute on routes when I'm able. If my schedule would allow, I would deliver most everyday. I so enjoy seeing the people, and I have delivered or substituted on at least 10 different routes. Every client is very appreciative and engaging. Each and everyone is a delight. It is my pleasure to be able to help in this effort.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The clients I deliver to are most appreciate and tell me that they depend on this service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish that more people would volunteer. Volunteers reap rewards just as the clients do.

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5 people found this review helpful

I deliver to areas of town that are highly depressed, with most residents and recipients living in abject poverty. The experience can be emotionally challenging except that most recipients are cheerful and joyful. Nevertheless, I often wish our community was more proactive is helping a greater number of people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting with grateful and cheerful clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate and responsive to clients' needs and concerns.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach a greater number of people and provide additional services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been delivering meals for MOW for many years. I recently moved to Fort Worth, so I got in touch with the Tarrant County MOWI to let them know my interest in volunteering. They responded to my request and welcomed me with friendly faces and an unsurpassed training. The training session was helpful and informative, even though I had experience in delivering. And their facility blew me away! The kitchen is unbelievable! I'm proud to be associated with this wonderful, talented, caring group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the face of the folks I deliver meals to. They expect and count on their daily deliveries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I resigned my full time job I wanted to do something to give back. My husband talked me into delivering Meals on Wheels. I figured, OK I will try it for a little while. That was over 5 years ago and I still deliver. The clients are always so happy to see you, and the staff of Meals is absolutely awesome. I have never seen anything but smiles, never heard anything but positive feelings. With as many volunteers as they have, they know every one of us and if something happens and you have to cancel a day they never ever tell you you are making their life difficult. I will keep doing this till I can no longer do so, which hopefully will be a long time away.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been able to help some people in areas outside meal delivery, called 911 once on a client having a stroke.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing. Please do not change, you are the most amazing group of people I have the pleasure of knowing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have known about Meals On Wheels for many years, but only recently signed up to deliver meals. I had no idea that it required so very little time to deliver, but would be so very rewarding. I have met some of the most wonderful people in the clients and volunteers while making my rounds. I only wish that I got involved several years ago!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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1 person found this review helpful

Each Wednesday, I take two different Fort Worth Academy middle students to assist on our Meals on Wheels route. The clients love seeing young people! The Tarrant County Meals on Wheels is a very well run organization. The quality of the meals is fabulous! There is a choice of entrees, if you can imagine. The meals are delivered to the volunteers on time. They provide breakfast also t the clients! What a fabulous service for the elderly and disabled. It is not easy to run a non-profit business so efficiently! They also respond quickly to any concerns reported about any of the clients. Our student rotation is such, that each student usually goes once a year. They beg to return! Thanks MOW for providing such fabulous service to the elderly and handicapped in the area and for providing a great opportunity for our students to participate in a service learning project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Each Wednesday for close to ten years... we often have a school family cover the route in the summer. I shiver to think what would be happening to these people if they had no meal service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would figure out a way that they never had any financial worries, so they could continue their good work.

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1 person found this review helpful

I am a believer of this organization. I am a board member but also have delivered meals for over 2 years. The clients are given wonderful meals that they enjoy. I constantly get positive comments from clients about how good the food is and how easy it is to sign up. Everyone goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the clients are looked after and taken care of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a board member and volunteer. My grandfather used to serve meals to the homebound for MOW and my mother has done it as well. My brother, sister, friends all deliver meals on a weekly basis and enjoy getting to know the clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing....MOW does so much to ensure the clients are given a hot, healthy and nutritonal meal on a daily basis. They also serve other needs of their clients on as needed basis such as the pet food program and home needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

"Who is my neighbor?", someone once asked Jesus. I've had the opportunity to find that answer -- each time I've headed out as a fill-in driver, staring at a Mapsco printout of an area just outside the neighborhood I'm familiar with, and watching the clock. The main office staff has never lost patience with me when I've called for directions. The office also faithfully reminds me of the opportunity to serve each summer, when it's vacation time and I leave my classroom. I started this journey about 15 years ago. I continued it as a very expectant first-time mother; shared these memories when I brought my godchildren along; and expanded it to my younger son -- who still asks when we're going to get to go visit the grandmas and the grandpas again. This journey has nourished us all. Thank you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people able to stay in their homes, with a little help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands-on chance to help, in a simple way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and patient.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solicit participation with a campaign as large as United Way's annual fundraiser. But I think that would backfire. This is a grassroots deal.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

n/a

One thing I'd also say is that...

keep it up!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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