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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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second time to volunteer for MOW. While living in Sherman several years ago, I delivered meals on my lunch hour. Today, I am retired and wanted to give back to my community. I have been delivering in this area for two years. I also run errands and do small tasks for any of my clients who have needs. This is also volunteer time. My grandsons love to help me deliver when they are in town. The clients love interaction with children. This year I have a partner and along with meals, we also deliver hugs to those who need them. It has been a wonderful experience, and I am very blessed by their smiles and gratitude.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is a very efficiently run and service oriented organization. There are many long-term, dedicated staff members, board members and donors and volunteers. They not only provide nutritious meals for clients, they make sure their basic human needs are met. For instance, they distribute heaters in the cold weather and fans in the hot summer. They provide transportation services on a case by case basis, as needed. They coordinate other human service agencies with clients as specific needs are identified. Great team and I am proud and honored to be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization. I volunteered and delivered meals for 3 years. I found the clients warm, appreciative, and it gave me a new awareness and perspective of our older neighbors in our community which I have carried with me for years after this volunteering experience. The only reason I stopped is I accepted a new job which did not allow me the flex-time during weekdays to deliver meals. I miss volunteering with this organization very much.