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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels

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.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals-on-Wheels of Tarrant County has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to serve our local Metroplex community. I have been delivering Meals-on-Wheels for over 22 Years (since 1994). The staff at the Meals-on-Wheels Fort Worth center are always gracious, supporting and quick to assist. The clients receiving the meals are friendly and grateful. I've always finished the deliveries and felt better lending a hand for the benefit of all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I drive for Meals on Wheels and personally hear each week how important this one meal every day means to so many. I typically have 8 on my route each week and enjoy a few minutes talking with most of them about their day, how they're feeling, etc. I'm pretty sure almost every person who receives a daily meal appreciates not only the food but also a smiling face at their door. But I feel like I'm the one who truly benefits as just spending a few minutes brightening the day of (mostly but not always) our seniors really makes my day..they are truly special to me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are retired. We have 17 grandchildren and our family is scattered around the country. We volunteer as substitutes for the regular volunteers when they cannot drive their regular route. This gives us the flexibility to travel while helping the Meals on Wheels organization fulfill a critical need in our community. It takes so little time. Debbie, the MOW scheduler and the clients are always appreciative. We feel we get back much more than we give in helping MOW serve those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I drove for MOW for over 20 years, now unable to continue. Meeting my clients, visiting with each one for few minutes, helped them. but also me. Their positive attitudes, gratitude for the meal and for the drivers, was overwhelming. Each of them helped me too, to know each one and their stories.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County during the summer when the students from our campus are unavailable to run their designated route . I can tell you that the individuals that receive the meals are so very grateful. I can also tell you that it is a lot of work for the volunteers and the Meals on Wheels staff making sure that the recipients have lunch, see a caring, friendly face and have a much needed wellness checkup.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Delivering meals for over 20 years keeps reminding me of the many homebound people in need who live in our neighborhod and who are "invisible" to the community at large. A great organization that does so much more than just delivering a meal.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kim P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.