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2020 Meals on Wheels Statistics

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 00:00

Shelter in Place

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Friday, 27 March 2020 00:00

Protecting the Health and Safety of Clients from the Corona Virus

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

THE Kitchen is committed to protecting the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, staff, stakeholders, and our entire community. Out of abundance of caution, we are modifying our meal delivery protocol.

Effective immediately, and continuing until further notice, all Meals on Wheels volunteers will follow the following steps when delivering lunch to those we serve:

1. Place the meal and cold bag someplace very near the client’s front door.
2. Ring the doorbell/knock on the door and announce that they are from Meals on Wheels.
3. Step at least 6-feet away (as per Centers for Disease Control recommendations) from the door and wait for the client to retrieve the meal and cold bag.
4. If the client does not answer the door, the volunteer will call the client or contact THE Kitchen and we will have a client service specialist phone the client.
5. If a specialist is unable to reach the client, the volunteer will take the meal and cold bag with them to give away to another client on their delivery route. (THE Kitchen is committed to continue to reach out to the client, family members, or a well check until we are certain the client is okay.
6. Under no circumstances will meals or cold bags be allowed to remain on the porch.

Following these guidelines will protect the vulnerable people we are honored to serve and our dedicated volunteers.

It’s also important to remember that although our meal delivery protocols are temporarily changing, we are still delivering hot, nutritious meals and safety checks to our homebound clients. The people we serve are counting on us. That’s why our volunteers are more vital to our mission now than ever.

THE Kitchen has also made the following changes to our upcoming event and fundraising calendar.
• We have cancelled all activities at the Red Door Senior Center and the Green Door Senior Center. This includes bingo, karaoke, speakers, and other non-essential activities. This DOES NOT include meal service. Meals will continue to be served at this time at our congregate sites.
• The weekly dance held at the Red Door Senior Center on Tuesday evenings is cancelled through April 30. The dance will resume on May 5.
• Boots and Heels for Hot Meals scheduled for April 2 will be postponed until a later date. (July)
• Community Champions Day scheduled for March 24 is postponed until a later date.
• The 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that was scheduled for April 16 will be rescheduled to a later date.

Meanwhile, we continue to closely monitor the current spread of COVID-19 and its impact on the Wichita Falls community. We are requiring our volunteers to stay home if they are ill. In those instances, we will find substitute volunteers to deliver our nutritious meals and make a daily well check.

At the same time, we are sharing with our homebound clients important tips for reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. We are also stressing to clients the importance of contacting their health care provider should they develop a fever or respiratory issues.

THE Kitchen is also prepared for a worst case scenario involving a region-wide quarantine. We have a plan in place to provide clients with shelf-stable meals they can consume should we be forced to temporarily suspend our home-delivered meals program because of COVID-19.

We will keep you updated as this situation evolves. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow local news outlets for updates from state and local health officials. Staying informed, remaining calm, and practicing proper hygiene can go a long way in keeping us all healthy!

Thank you for your continued support of our live-sustaining mission!

2019 Blanket and Sock Drive

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:00
The 2nd Annual Meals on Wheels Blanket and Sock Drive surpassed its goal, with donations of 502 blanets and 502 pairs of socks!  This year's event took place at Wal-Mart on Lawrence Road on December 3rd.  Hundreds of generous members of the community stopped to provide donations to our clients.  Thank you so much for helping us provide warmth to the seniors, disabled, and homebound in need.

Christmas at the Winery

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:00
The 2nd Annual Christmas at the Winery was even bigger and better than before.  This year, 14 vendors in the community provided an extravagant Christmas experience at the Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard & Winery estate. The weather was beautiful and Santa was  happy to take photos with all who attended the event.  Proceeds from Christmas at the Winery went to THE Kitchen's Meals on Wheels program and P.E.T.S. Clinic.  Special thanks to our sponsors for the event: Fisher 59, The Ford House, Healing Hands Healthcare, Marcom, Mary Aranda Farmers Insurance, Schenk Schenk and Haines Attorneys at Law, Union Square Federal Credit Union, and United Supermarkets, 

Senior Idol 2019

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00
The Red Door's Annual Senior Idol took place on Friday, July 12th.  Fourteen seniors competed for bragging rights as best singer.  First place went to Joe Bob who sang "Go to My Grave Loving You."  He received a trophy from THE Kitchen and a gift basket donated by First National Bank.  John Welter won 2nd place, receiving a gift basket donated by Healing Hands Healthcare.  Special thanks to our Senior Idol judges and emcee:  Darrell Franklin of KFDX, Chris Horgen of KAUZ, Chief of Police Manuel Borrego, and Big Jim Russell of Cumulus Broadcasting.  Volunteers from Senior Junior Forum and Blue Cross Blue Shield helped serve meals during the event.

Meals on Wheels Kid's Community Champions Day is August 7th

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00
On Wednesday August 7th, at 10:00am, kids of all ages are invited to share in a day of giving by delivering a Meals on Wheels route.  Meals on Wheels Kid's Community Champions Day is an opportunity for children to experience the joy of volunteerism and be a champion by helping to feed seniors, disabled, and the homebound within our community.  Applications can be found on this website by clicking the icon at the top of the page or participants can stop by THE Kitchen at 1000 Burnett and fill out a paper form.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, August 2nd, at 9:00pm.  Requirements to participate:  An adult age 18 or older is required to participate with the children.  An application must be filled out listing all of the children who wish to deliver together, as well as the adult participant.  Please contact Cindy Humphrey with further questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (940)322-6232.

AniMEALS Program to benefit the Meals on Wheels Program

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00
Help to ensure seniors enjoy a complete, delicious, and nutritious meal every day without worrying about the dogs and cats they love.  

Years ago, we learned that an alarming number of our elderly and disabled clients were not eating all of their nutrious meal, but actually sharing it with their pets!  This is real problem for clients who live on a minimal income and desperately need the full nutritional benefits of our meals, not to mention the fact that our meals are not always helathy for the pets.  Clients who have difficulty adequately feeding their cat or dog may receive supplemental pet food at no charge through our AniMEALS Program.  The AniMEALS Program will launch July 25, 2019.  If you wish to make a donation to this program you can feed a pet for approximately $15.00 per month.  For more information about the AniMEALS Program, please contact Lisa Williams, Director of Special Programs, at (940)872-0356 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High Heels for Hot Meals Raises $65,000 for Meals on Wheels

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 00:00
High Heels for Hot Meals 2019 was the most successful event yet, raising $65,000 for Meals on Wheels.  Almost 300 sponsors, donors, and supporters celebrated at The Forum on April 11th.  The Shoe Garden, displaying shoes creatively decorated by businesses in the community, brought in almost $10,000.  The winner of The Soe Garden, Frank Wilson with LiveMoney.com, was presented with a trophy and six tickets to see the Texas Rangers.  DJ Marcus livened up the crowd while they enjoyed the casino tables and dancing.  Two watches, donated by Holder's Jewelers, were given away at the end of the night for the signature drink raffle.  Winner of the casino ticket raffle received a Tangles package.  The live auction packages included a trip to Hawaii, trip to see The Voice in Los Angeles, trip to Ruidosa and stay at the Rainmaker resort with golfing, and a night time guided Hog Hunt, guided fishing tour, and CHL classes.  Four attendees donated a season of meals to Meals on Wheels.  THE Kitchen appreciates all of the sponsorship and donor support that has made it possible to provide 13,000 meals to our clients.

Christmas at the Winery

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 00:00
Christmas at the Winery was a great success, thanks to faithful supporters of THE Kitchen and PETS Clinic who benefited from the event.  More than 300 people visited Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard and Winery to enjoy the Christmas decor and tour the winery esatate.  Ten businesses in the community donated their time and talent, turning the Poenitzsch home into a holiday dream.  Special thanks to Scott and Linda Poenitzsch, who held a similar event in their home in Wisconsin and approached both THE Kitchen and PETS Clinic about being recipients of the event.  B & C Printing and Mayfield Events also served on the committee. Both businesses offered complimentary tickets, posters, brochures, decorations for the living room, and a photo booth so visitors could take a souvenir picture from the event.   Annette Ezzell Photography took beautiful photos of the home and event. The other businesses who made the Christmas wonderland so spectacular were: Bed, Bath, and Beyond, The Conatinery, Divine Design/Unique Boutique, House of Flowers, Painting Proverbs, Smith's Gardentown Farms, Southern Jeweled, Southern Savvy Creations by Tiffany, Sweet 1020, and United Supermarkets who donated delicious cheese trays to compliment the wine tasting.
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