Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Rating: 5 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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EIN 75-2568798
817-336-0912
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Delivering meals to the people on my route has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have always wanted to volunteer for Meals on Wheels (MOW)of Tarrant County, but did not have the availability to do so until this year. The staff at MOW are very well organized and they care deeply about their clients and the volunteers. If you want to provide a valuable service to your community while getting to know wonderful people, I highly recommend you volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County.

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

Getting to know the people on my route. I enjoy talking with them when I deliver their meal and seeing how they are doing. They are so appreciative of what we do for them. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help them.

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

Very well organized and dedicated to their job. The orientation meeting was informative and very well run. I am amazed at how well organized the staff is in getting the food prepared and delivered to the local pick up destinations for delivery.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I know I am helping my clients get a good healthy meal AND being able to check up on them when I deliver the noon meal. They are always happy to see me coming too.

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

the flexibility I have as there are many volunteers willing to step in my place if I have an emergency or other plans. If I am not able to do the job, my husband will deliver the meals for me. What a deal!

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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8 people found this review helpful

I work with Meals on Wheels, Inc of Tarrant County once a week in a local distribution center and I also have a route one day a week, as do many other volunteers that I talk with. I've found both jobs rewarding. The people in the main distribution center do an excellent job of getting the meals exact to the needed counts, which makes our job easy. I talk with the drivers as they pick up their meals and see the goodness in their hearts. Many have done this for years and enjoy every minute of it. They know their people very well and comment when they're not on the list. I also enjoy talking with the drivers that do the same route that I do on another day. They have enhanced my knowledge of many of the customers on my route, which has been beneficial. The customers I deliver to are always so happy to see me and appreciative of their meals. They always greet me with a smile and sometimes a story. Some need a hug every once in awhile, which I am happy to give and receive back from them. I find that the short 1 - 2 hours a day, twice a week spent on this worthwhile cause is a blessing to me and I hope to do this for a very long time.

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

seeing customer satisfaction, due to the choice and quality of the meals and the excellent management of the program. That includes testing food temperatures from packaging to the customer door

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

the good feeling of knowing your customers have a hot, healthy meal daily and someone to talk to for a few minutes each day.

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

courteous, loving and really enjoy doing their jobs

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

do a lot more outreach to those in need, both people and pets.

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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7 people found this review helpful

After 20 + years of delivering meals in Fort Worth, it is still gratifying to help the elderly live independent lives in their own homes.Seeing some clients in dire physical and financial situations respond to the question "how are you today" with a big smile (few teeth) and " I am blessed "gives me perspective in life.And where else can I go and be referred to as youg man! SR

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

By coming face to face with the clients.The food is important for their health and the human contact daily from the volunteers is equally important.

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

Not sure

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

Being part of something that is well respected and important to our community

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

Dedicated

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

Trian other similar meal programs around the country.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to do more.

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

Growing need for the services

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

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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5 people found this review helpful

My husband and I had been delivering meals for nearly 25 years. My husband was also on the board. While my husband passed last year, I am still delivering after a short gap after he died. I think they do a lot of good and obviously We thought a lot of the orgination since we have delivered for so many years. We have gone through three drop off staions and all havae been excellent. Terry

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

deliveries for neaerly 25 years

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

the contact with the clients, and interaction with them

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

Other volunteers that pick up at the same station, staff training new voluteers, and some of the staff at the main office.

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

help even more clients.

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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5 people found this review helpful

I work with a half-dozen non-profit organizations, and Meals on Wheels does the best job of screening and staying in touch with clients. I have not encountered a bad staff attitude during 16 years of volunteering at various Meals locations throughout Tarrant County. When necessary, the paid staff will step in and deliver meals. The long-time director, Carla Jutson, is very friendly and outgoing.

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

Volunteering for route delieveries, pet food deliveries, supplemental grocery deliveries, fund-raising support, and home health and safety issues.

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

Knowing that my personal ontacts and food delivery have made life a little better for needy people.

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

Down-to-earth, friendly, energetic, and goal-oriented.

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

Expand geographically. Build a more efficient central location. Have more labor-intensive meals.

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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10 people found this review helpful

I am a substitute driver in the Mid Cities area. As such I am able to work around my schedule which is very convenient. The schedulers give me plenty of notice of their needs. Having a peek into other people's lives can be very instructive and very humbling. Every route is a lesson in gratitude for me. There are some truly wonderful clients on my routes who are able to brigthen MY day by their cheerfulness and sincere thanks. I do several volunteer activities but I can truly say that Meals on Wheels is my favorite.

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

dedicated to doing a good job. They are always open to suggestions for improvement and understanding of the needs of volunteers too.

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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7 people found this review helpful

I have been delivering for Meals on Wheels for over 2 years. It is the most gratifying "job" I have ever had - everyone, from the staff in the office to the clients receiving the meals are so appreciative of your time and efforts. I have been on the same route for over a year now and have gotten to know the clients and their families. It's been nothing short of a blessing to be involved with this organization !

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

everyone is so grateful !

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

deliver more meals ! There is such a need in this area and I know so many more people could benefit.

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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7 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for about 25 years. I started out with a weekly route, and when I went back to work I became a substitute driver, and still drive most every week. My 4 children have all participated as they grew up with the deliveries, and we all have many fond memories of some our favorite clients. Providing food to those who are in need is something that I feel very proud to be involved with, but at the same time is a very humbling experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

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

As you deliver to some of the same clients over the weeks, months, and even years, you develop a bond and a friendship. Some have been true inspirations to me!

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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5 people found this review helpful

I recently began volunteering as a substitute delivery individual and realize how fortunate I am to have contact with so many less fortunate individuals that are very warm, receptive and thankful for MOW. In most instances, these people are really upbeat and make me feel very humble and thankful.

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

visiting with the different individuals on the routes that I substitute.

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

Ways to make it better...

in some cases if the specific MAPSCO location was correct, but I think that we got it corrected.

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?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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