Meals on Wheels Texas (MOWT) is a 501(c)(3) association of home-delivered and congregate meal programs for seniors and adults with disabilities in Texas. Meals on Wheels Texas, formed in 2015, promotes member networking, best practice sharing, education, pilot programs, and the distribution of scholarships and grant funds. 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.
MOWT member benefits:
- Network of Support
- Quarterly membership meetings
- Member discussion board and resource sharing
- Leadership opportunities through committee work
- Member discount on annual conference
- Funding and Resources
- Access to grant opportunities
- Opportunities for other resource sharing
- Training Opportunities
- Educational webinars
- Conference workshops
- Regular training opportunities
- Best Practices
- Resource library
- Monthly newsletters
Meals on Wheels Association of Texas (MOWAT) is a 501(c)(6) statewide association founded in 2004 to lead state and national legislative advocacy on issues of importance to meals-serving organizations for seniors and adults with disabilities in need of nutritional support. The Association successfully worked with state legislators to pass a bill in 2007 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.
MOWAT Member Benefits
- Legislative Advocacy
- Dedicated lobbyists who support the interests of Meals on Wheels providers in Texas, advocate for Title XX, Title III, and Texas Department of Agriculture funding
- Relationship-building with legislators, committee members, and state agencies during legislative sessions and interim
- Regular Policy Updates
- Regular legislative updates, including opportunities to provide recommendation on policies that impact Meals on Wheels funding and programs
- Communication with HHSC and TDA
- MOWAT also works closely with HHSC and TDA leadership to address issues related to regulations and policies that impact our members’ home delivered meal programs
Why are there two organizations?
MOWT, a 501(c)3 cannot spend more than 20 percent of its budget on lobbying. Because MOWAT lobbying expenses exceed 20 percent of the MOWT budget, it maintains a 501(c)6 designation. Additionally, a 501(c)6 is not eligible for grant and foundation funding and cannot offer tax exemption for giving. MOWT maintains a 501(c)3 designation for these purposes. Programs can join Meals on Wheels Texas, Meals on Wheels Association of Texas, or both. We strongly encourage you to join both organizations as the work of each is vital to the strength of our statewide network.
Dues are based on the size of your organization’s nutrition budget.
|Nutrition Budget||MOWT Dues||+||MOWAT Dues||=||Total|
|Budget under $500,000||$90||+||$125||=||$215|
|Budget between $500,000 & $1,000,000||$150||+||$250||=||$400|
|Budget between $1- $2.4 million||$275||+||$500||=||$775|
|Budget between $2.5 - $4.9 million||$625||+||$1,250||=||$1,875|
|Budget greater than $5 million||$1,325||+||$4,500||=||$5,825|