How To Apply For Meals On Wheels In Houston
With age comes wisdom…and stiff joints!
If you have mobility issues this can complicate things. The errands that you use to run on your own, you now depend on others to help you with.
One errand that you can depend on others to run is delivering nutritious, hot and ready meals to your doorstep! In this article, we will explain how you apply for Meals on Wheels in Houston.
Once you finish reading this article you will have learned the following about Meals on Wheels in Houston:
- What the program helps with?
- How to apply for Meals on Wheels in Houston
- Which Meals on Wheels contractor delivers to your zip code?
- How this program can help seniors save money on meals
- The types of foods served
- How old you need to be to become eligible?
- What Is Meals On Wheels?
- Who Is Eligible For Meals On Wheels?
- What Are The Benefits Of Meals On Wheels?
- What Kind Of Food Does Meals On Wheels Provide?
- What Is The Enrollment Process For Meals On Wheels?
- Meals on Wheels Contractors in Houston
- Meals On Wheels By Houston Zip Code
- Meals On Wheels Program For Individuals With A Disability In Houston
What Is Meals On Wheels?
Meals on Wheels (MOW) is a government food program that delivers meals to the homes of individuals (typically seniors) who lack mobility, cannot shop for food or prepare it themselves.
Meals on Wheels has been around since 1943 and provides roughly 218 million meals per year.
Who Is Eligible For Meals On Wheels?
To be eligible for Meals on Wheels in Houston you must meet the following criteria:
- Be 60 years or older
- Unable to shop for your meal
- Unable to cook a meal
If you are the caregiver, child or spouse of someone 60 + who meets all of the eligibility requirements above you can receive Meals on Wheels services.
What Are The Benefits Of Meals On Wheels?
Meals on Wheels provides much more than a hot, nutrient-rich meal. They also offer clients added benefits like the following:
Improved quality of diet
MOW not only wants to ensure that seniors eat at least one meal per day, but they also ensure that it is nutritious.
Decreased food insecurity
Whether it’s a lack of money or access to a grocery store the Meals on Wheels Program ensures that every senior have a hot meal each day.
Helps seniors save money
Many of the seniors who qualify for Meals on Wheels are on a fixed income. The daily meal helps clients to lower the cost of food each month.
Increases human contact
Many seniors in the program lack the mobility to visit a Congregate Meals site or shop for their own groceries. This means they stay inside most of the day with no human interaction. Meals on Wheels volunteers help seniors by providing engaging with them and checking on their physical well-being.
Helping seniors with referrals
In the event a volunteer visits a Meals on Wheels client and notices a problem, they can either call 911 for help immediately or if the situation is not urgent they report this information to a Meals on Wheels team lead for further follow-ups or potential referrals.
Keep seniors in their homes
In life, eating is non-negotiable. Despite a lack of mobility individuals who receive these meals remain in their homes as opposed to being forced to live in nursing homes.
What Kind Of Food Does Meals On Wheels Provide?
Meals on Wheels in Houston delivers nutritional meals like the following:
- Beef Entree
- Diabetic and Heart Friendly Meals
- Vegetarian Meals
What Is The Enrollment Process For Meals On Wheels?
To enroll in Meals on Wheels in Houston you must contact the “contractor” assigned to the zip code you live in.
Each Meals on Wheels contactor/agency is assigned to a specific zip code. makes the meals, gathers volunteers and ultimately delivers the meals to seniors.
In the next section, we will provide you with the names of the contractors who managed the Meals on Wheels Program in Houston.
Meals on Wheels Contractors in Houston
There are 7 Meals on Wheels contractors in Houston. Below is a listing of each contractor as well as contact information:
- Interfaith Ministries
- Young Women’s Christian Association
- City of South Houston
- Northwest Assistance Ministries
- City of Jacinto City
- E.R. Jewish Community Center
- Baytown Meals on Wheels
- City of La Porte
- Salvation Army – Pasadena
Here is more information about each Meals on Wheels contractor.
Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels
Interfaith Ministries is one of the contractors for Meals on Wheels in Houston. They provide meals to seniors in a number of zip codes all over Houston.
One unique feature about Interfaith Ministries is they offer called AniMeals on Wheels.
AniMeals is essentially Meals on Wheels for pets.
To ensure that their pets were fed, some Meals on Wheels clients would sacrifice their own food to ensure their pets ate. The AniMeals Program was created to fix this problem.
Any Interfaith Ministry client who receives Meals on Wheels services automatically qualifies for the AniMeal Program.
For more information about Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels Program contact them at the following:
- 3303 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 – 713.533.4900
Northwest Assistance Ministries Meals on Wheels
The Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) delivers meals to many of the zip codes in NW Harris County.
One unique service that NAM offers is the Food for Seniors Project.
The Food for Seniors Project delivers groceries once a month to seniors who cannot cook for themselves or have the money to afford food.
For more information about the Northwest Assistance Ministries Meals on Wheels Program contact them at:
- 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77090 – 281.855.4555
YWCA Meals on Wheels
YWCA is the second largest provider of home-delivered meals and feeds nearly 300,000 per year.
For more information on the YWCA Meals on Wheels Program contact them at the following:
- 6309 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Houston, TX 77021 – 713.868.9922 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
E.R. Jewish Community Center Meals on Wheels
E.R. Jewish Community Center is the last Meals on Wheels contractor we’ll tell you about.
Many of the zip codes that they service are between Highway 288 and the Southwest Freeway.
To learn more about their Meals on Wheels Program contact them at:
- 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096 – 713.729.3200
In the next section, we’ll provide you with a table which you can use to locate the Meals on Wheels contractor that serves the zip code you live in.
Meals On Wheels By Houston Zip Code
Below you will find a table with listings of each zip code and the Meals on Wheel contractor that services the area.
To find the contractor that delivers in your area you need to type in the zip code that you live. Once you do this the Meals on Wheels contractor will appear. Call this contractor to ensure that they serve your zip code and then ask about the enrollment process for Meals on Wheels.
Zip Contractor Phone
77002 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77003 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77004 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77005 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77006 E.R. Jewish Community Center / Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978 or 713.729.3200
77007 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77008 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77009 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77011 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77012 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77013 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77014 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77015 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77016 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77017 Interfaith Ministries / City of South Houston 713.533.4978 or 713.947.7700
77018 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77019 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77020 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77021 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77022 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77023 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77024 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77025 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77026 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77027 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77028 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77029 Interfaith Ministries / City of Jacinto City 713.533.4978 or 713.675.4487
77030 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77031 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77032 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77033 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77034 City of South Houston 713.947.7700
77035 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77036 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77037 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77038 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77039 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77040 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77041 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77042 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77043 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77044 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77045 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77046 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77047 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77048 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77049 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77050 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77051 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77053 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77054 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77055 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77056 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77057 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77058 Baytown MOW 281.427.2145
77059 Baytown MOW 281.427.2145
77060 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77061 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77062 Baytown MOW 281.427.2145
77063 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77064 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77065 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77066 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77067 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77068 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77069 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77070 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77071 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77072 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77073 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77074 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77075 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77076 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77077 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77078 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77079 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77080 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77081 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77082 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77083 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77084 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77085 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77086 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77087 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77088 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77089 Young Women's Christian Association 713.868.9922
77090 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77091 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77092 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77093 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77094 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77095 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77096 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77098 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77099 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77336 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77338 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77339 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77345 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77346 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77347 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77373 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77375 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77377 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77379 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77386 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77388 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77389 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77396 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77401 E.R. Jewish Community Center 713.729.3200
77429 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77433 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77447 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77449 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77450 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77484 Northwest Assistance Ministries 281.855.4623
77493 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77502 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77503 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77504 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77505 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77506 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77507 Salvation Army - Pasadena 713.378.0020
77520 Baytown Meals on Wheels 281.427.2145
77521 Baytown Meals on Wheels 281.427.2145
77530 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77532 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77536 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77547 City of Jacinto City 713.675.4487
77562 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77565 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77571 City of La Porte 281.470.9897
77586 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
77587 City of South Houston 713.947.7700
77598 Interfaith Ministries 713.533.4978
Meals On Wheels Program For Individuals With A Disability In Houston
Individuals who have a disability need to call the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services at 713.692.1635 to apply for the program.
If you cannot get to a Congregate Meals site, then Meals on Wheels is the next best alternative.
Meals on Wheels provides the perfect solution for any senior who doesn’t have the mobility they once did.
In addition to providing a free meal 5 days of the week, seniors also get the opportunity to chat with someone and this gives them to chance to remain in their home as opposed to an assisted living facility.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for Meals on Wheels go here to find the contractor that services your zip code.
Do you make an effort to check on seniors? If so what are some of their biggest needs? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.