Meals on Wheels of America has been a significant organization throughout the nation since 1954. The Older Americans Act in 1972, provided a platform to focus on senior nutritional needs. In 1974, members of various senior nutrition programs met in Washington D.C., creating the National Organization of Home Delivered and Congregate Meals Programs, solidifying the success and quality of Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels in Wichita Falls started over 50 years ago, in 1965. Seniors who met informally at the Red Door Senior Citizen’s Center would deliver meals to those who were unable to meet due to illness. What began as a few meals delivered to friends has now become a thriving act of service to feed the hungry in Wichita Falls.
The 90% who have the ability to live in their home due to Meals on Wheels have the dignity to live independently in the home where their memories exist, where they enjoy the quality of life they choose. For approximately $1,500 per year, a Meals on Wheels client receives this gift, as opposed to paying an average of $40,000 a year in nursing home care.