Meals on Wheels Texas, is a 501(c)(3) association of home-delivered and congregate meal programs established to ensure every older person and individual with a disability in Texas is well nourished and has the social supports they need to age in place with dignity. The association provides education, advocacy and connection to create a unified voice for nutrition providers that improves the lives of older Texans and individuals with disabilities.
Organizationally, Meals on Wheels Texas strives to create a strong network of meal providers that can:
- Secure additional resources from funding partners for those we serve,
- Set standards of excellence and consistency for services, and
- Quantify the need for meals and ancillary services among older Texans.
Meals on Wheels Texas is affiliated with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation.
In 2007 the association successfully worked with state legislators to pass a bill to develop Texans Feeding Texans, a home-delivered meal grant program that currently provides bi-annual funding administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Approximately 140 home-delivered meals programs across Texas currently receive funding through this program, and the association has been active in providing input and guidance to TDA on the administration of the program and funds. The association has also worked closely with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Texas Legislature to address rules and regulations that impact meal-serving organizations and advocate for member positions. More recently, in 2023 the association was able to work with state legislators to increase the common provider meal rate from $5.31 to $6.46 per meal.