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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything about Meals on Wheels has been an extremely positive experience, and I feel privileged to be able to be part of such an efficiently-organized and smoothly-functioning organization. From the training day to the site meal pickups, professionalism and dedication are clearly evident. I come home feeling very blessed myself every time I am called upon to subsitute drive a route and take meals to clients. Their appreciation is heartfelt.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MOW has allowed me to participate in a very soul satisfying experience. The service without a doubt is a lifesaver for those that receive the meals and daily contact. However for me it's a simple commitment to keep me focused on my faith. Serving reiterates the message to me that we are here to give and not take. The mechanics of MOW is very well organized. It is nice to be met with a smile and a helping hand at the pick-up sites. Daily thousands in the DFW metroplex are delivered a meal and warm greeting - what a way to spread hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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