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?
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 – email@example.com.
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.
|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|
|77011||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77012||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77014||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77017||Interfaith Ministries / City of South Houston||713.533.4978 or 713.947.7700|
|77021||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77023||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77025||E.R. Jewish Community Center||713.729.3200|
|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|
|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|
|77038||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77040||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77041||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77045||E.R. Jewish Community Center||713.729.3200|
|77047||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77048||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|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|
|77061||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|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|
|77074||E.R. Jewish Community Center||713.729.3200|
|77075||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77081||E.R. Jewish Community Center||713.729.3200|
|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|
|77089||Young Women's Christian Association||713.868.9922|
|77090||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77095||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77096||E.R. Jewish Community Center||713.729.3200|
|77375||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77377||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77379||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77388||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|77389||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|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|
|77484||Northwest Assistance Ministries||281.855.4623|
|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|
|77547||City of Jacinto City||713.675.4487|
|77571||City of La Porte||281.470.9897|
|77587||City of South Houston||713.947.7700|
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 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.