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Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

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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: Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County has prepared and delivered almost 20 million meals. This program is vital to helping people remain at home in a safe and healthy environment.

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: 5,026

Geographic areas served: Tarrant County, Texas

Programs: Home-delivered meals Comprehensive Case Management HAIL (Healthy Aging and Independent 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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

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.

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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.

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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.

6 Helena L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good about the MOW. The volunteers are so wonderful. God bless them all. I m on oxygen and the folks that deliver my meal to me are so nice and helpful, always, they ask if there is anything they can do for me. This week they have given to me Xmas presents. I will open them eagerly on Christmas morning, but I want to thank all the folks that have been so kind to me. Thank you all for your kindness and your generosity of your time. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to each of you. God Bless you all.

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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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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.