Meals On Wheels Program

The Meals on Wheels Association of America (first known as NAMP, the National Association of Meal Programs) has been a prevalent organization throughout the nation since 1954, when the first senior meal program was established in Philadelphia, PA.

With the enactment of the Older Americans Act in 1972, a platform was developed around concerted efforts for senior nutrition; and in 1974, members of various senior nutrition programs met in Washington, D.C., creating the National Organization of Home Delivered and Congregate Meal Programs.

Since established, Meals on Wheels has been a valued component within the communities it serves. Although The Kitchen didn't join NAMP in 1974, it has developed locally with various partners its own Meals on Wheels program since the early 1970s.

Addye Lou Clements, recognized by The Kitchen as the original coordinator of Meals on Wheels in Wichita Falls, provided the first established meal delivery program to homebound seniors.

As a regular at The Red Door, Addye began to notice many of her friends and original participants of the center began to become too ill, shut-in, or, due to age and various ailments, unable to visit The Red Door regularly.

Throughout the early '70s, Addye Clements made it her mission to ensure that no senior went hungry in Wichita Falls. Clements prepared meals in her own kitchen and delivered them each day to those in need. In the beginning, Addye was delivering 15-25 meals per day.

Today, The Kitchen serves over 750 seniors, homebound and disabled individuals each weekday Monday through Friday through our Meals on Wheels program. Every meal provides one-third of the daily recommended nutritional requirement for persons ages 60 and older.

Our volunteers are just like Addye Clements – caring people who give of their time for others and who are like family to many of our clients. They devote themselves to this program to help create a better and easier way of life for the seniors they serve. Meals on Wheels volunteers warm the hearts of our clients every day.

We encourage you to join in the work of ensuring "no senior goes hungry;" visit our Volunteer page to see how to get involved.

For more information on Meals on Wheels of America, visit www.mowaa.org.

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