Wrapping up a great year for Meals on Wheels America!
In its debut year, the Meals on Wheels Ad Council campaign soared beyond expectations to inspire scores of new volunteers and shine a spotlight on local Meals on Wheels programs across the country. Thanks to this vibrant campaign, more Americans than ever have heard the call to drop off a hot meal and say a quick hello to their senior neighbors. Take a look below at these key results from the campaign’s July 2016 launch through June 2017 (MOWA. “Re: America, Let’s Do Lunch” Had an Amazing First Year.” Message to firstname.lastname@example.org. 21 August 2017. E-mail)!
Click the graphic above for more details, or visit: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.
Pet food donations Needed!!
Meals on Wheels Denton County’s Senior Paws program is in need of pet food donations to restock our shelves! Recently, we had to clear out our surplus to do a moth infestation, but we are moth-free. In order to prevent this from re-occurring we will know longer except any open-bag donations.
Our Senior Paws program is a response to the fact that many of our clients feed their pets from the meals we provide, which not only endangers their own health and diet, but also their pet. The program provides monthly pet food supplements to try and alleviate this problem. To learn more about Senior Paws and pet food drop off points see our senior paws webpage, or call 940-898-2224. You can also find Senior Paws and Meals on Wheels Denton County on Facebook!
Share Your Volunteer Experiences with Meals on Wheels America!
As part of the nationwide “America, Let’s Do Lunch campaign, Meals on Wheels America is collecting photos and insights from incredible volunteers. They are looking for a glimpse into our volunteer’s experience, how it makes them feel and what they get out of it. Once collected, MOWA will share these tidbits under the hashtag #WhatIGotForLunch.
By sharing your memorable moments and meaningful volunteer interactions, you can inspire others to “do lunch” with Meals on Wheels!
Log on to bit.ly/MOWstories (case-senstitive) and share your “What I Got For Lunch story today.
The 2016 Subaru Share the Love Event returns!
Meals on Wheels America provides leadership to more than 5,000 local, community-based programs dedicated to fighting hunger and isolation among our nation’s homebound seniors. Each donation supports the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable seniors to continue living nourished lives in their own homes. Since its inception eight years ago, Subaru’s Share the Love Event has helped deliver more than 1.4 million meals to America’s seniors!
In fact, through Share the Love, Subaru and its retailers will have donated nearly $90 million to our invaluable charity partners, both national and local, making the world a much better place for countless people, places and pets in need.
Interested in helping the cause? Here’s how you can!
- Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 17, 2016, through January 3, 2017
- Subaru has released a special version of this years theme song, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” which is available for streaming on Pandora and Spotify, and for download via Apple iTunes and Google Play. For each download between now and January 3, 2017, all Subaru profits will be donated to the four national charity partners, including Meals on Wheels America
- You can also help us promote our involvement by sharing our Share the Love posts on our Meals on Wheels Denton County Facebook page
Thank you for helping us #SharetheLove!!
Senior Paws Not Accepting Pet Food Donations
As of December 1st, 2016 MOWDC’s Senior Paws is not accepting pet food donations until further notice. We are currently cleaning out our storage unit which houses our donations.
In the meantime, we are still accepting monetary donations for purchasing food. All food will be purchased as needed by a Span employee. We ask for your understanding during this time. We hope to be operating as normal soon!
To better serve our Lewisville Seniors, we are seeking more volunteer drivers to help deliver noontime meals. Scheduling is flexible, and although most volunteers deliver meals alone, you are part of a team a factor that makes scheduling, pick up and drop off easy for both you and the seniors you deliver to.
Why deliver? Aside from the satisfaction of knowing that you helped ensure that a senior is fed, happier and healthier, and able to remain in their own home thanks to your kindness; you are able to be more connected to your community and to others who share an interest in compassion and good will.
Want to learn more? Check out the flyer pictured here, to learn about the requirements and give us a call! We would be happy to learn more about you and see how your skills and values can contribute to our team, and ultimately better the lives of Lewisville Seniors.
Meals on Wheels Denton County still in business!
Meals on Wheels of Denton County is still operating and we are doing everything we can to assist the clients that were being served by Meals on Wheels of Denton.
The two programs are not linked and do not have the same funding sources. The City of Denton, as well as other cities within Denton County, do provide funding for Meals on Wheels of Denton County.
If you, or anyone you know, needs information about the Meals on Wheels of Denton County program, please visit our website at www.mowdc.org or contact our office at (940) 382-2224.
We would be happy to discuss our program with you or answer any questions you may have. We have greatly expanded our programs within the last two years.
Additionally, we will need more volunteers to serve our new clients. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering, please call Kristine Herrera, Volunteer Coordinator, at (940) 382-2224 extension 2.
Free Dental Care on August 20th
Dentistry From the Heart’s team of dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists, assistants and volunteers are excited and ready to serve our community with a day of free dental care! Please encourage as many people as you can to attend this event who otherwise can’t afford proper dental care. For more information, please visit www.380dental.com
The location for this event will be at:
380 Family Dentistry
2111 E. University Dr. Ste 20, Prosper, TX
Thank you Cross Oaks Elementary!
MOWDC wants to thank Cross Oaks Elementary’s kindergarten classes for their recent pet food donations via their very own Senior Paws Pet Food Drive . These “pawsome” students are really making a difference!
These kiddos have done a great job, and we know that all the seniors and their furry friends are especially grateful!
Thank you Cross Oaks Elementary!
Span Inc. Christmas 2015
On Saturday December 5th, Span Transit and Meals on Wheels employees came together to celebrate the holidays, with family members by their side. This year, the party was held at Denton Senior Center. To see pictures of the party, please visit Meals on Wheels Denton County Facebook page. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Little Elm Volunteers Needed!
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Consider volunteering to be a Meals on Wheels Denton County driver. We are especially in need of more volunteers to serve our Little Elm clients. As a MOWDC driver, you deliver nutritious meals to senior citizens, who might not otherwise eat , if not for our program. We keep it simple for you, to begin the process of becoming a volunteer, all you have to do is provide us with a valid driver’s license, complete an application, pass background check, and attend a short volunteer orientation. Once you begin, you would pick up the meals at one of our established sites (for Little Elm it is the Brenda Button Mills Senior Citizen Center) and deliver a set route, as determined by you and your site manager.
Help our clients continue to live independently and in their own homes longer by becoming a volunteer driver. Be sure to visit our volunteer pages on this site for more detailed information. Have questions? Call 940-382-2224, email email@example.com.
North Texas Giving Day Upon Us
Join MOWDC this Thursday on September 17th as we take part in North Texas Giving Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and visibility of area nonprofit groups, while also raising funds through donations.
Donations of $25 to $50,000 made between 6 a.m. to midnight Sept. 17 to nonprofits at www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org will be amplified by $2.2 million in bonus funds and prizes, according to a North Texas Giving Day news release.
In addition to online donations, Denton is hosting “Giving Day Denton” on the Square from 5:00-7:00 p.m. where local non-profits will have booths set up to educate passerby’s on services provided. Come Join MOWDC out there and enjoy great music and lots of family friendly fun! Don’t forget to “Get Up and Give!”
MOW Volunteer Coordinator Honored
Congratulations to Kristine Herrera who was recognized yesterday for her hard work and dedication to Meals on Wheels Denton County. She serves as our Volunteer Coordinator, which is a position she has held since May 2009.
In addition her responsibilities with the volunteer program, Kristine also conducts assessments/reassessments for our clients, works on billing, and senior paws coordination. Trust us, she is outstanding in all that she does! We are so very lucky to have her as part of our team!
Thank you Kristine for being Awesome! We appreciate you!
The Harvest Festival was a SUCCESS!
This event was a collaboration between the Denton Hunger Coalition and the Tarrant Area Food Bank designed to bring fresh produce to the residents of Denton County who have no access or limited access to fresh produce.
As a result of all the organizations volunteer efforts: 521 households received fresh produce and 1,951 individuals had fresh fruits and vegetables to eat.
A new Fall Harvest is being planned! Save the date: November 7th. Details to come!
Mobility 2040: Be part of the next long-range transportation plan for NTX
Mobility 2040 is the next long-range transportation plan for North Texas. As the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is required to maintain a long-range plan that defines a blueprint for the region’s multimodal transportation system and guides expenditures of state and federal transportation funds during the next 20-plus years. How can you play a part? Share your struggles with NTX roadways by completing this 6 question survey. Learn more about Mobility 2040 and stay in the know on future plans by visiting and subscribing to this site.
Summer Harvest Community Festival
Meals on Wheels Denton County will be participating in the Tarrant Area Food Bank event: Summer Harvest Community Festival, taking place on July 18th from 9-11 a.m. at Serve Denton. Various area agencies will be on hand to talk about health, nutrition and the services they provide. If you or someone you know could benefit from this event, please feel free to share the flyer below! More info to come!
Senior Paws Program gets $4000 Grant
Meals on Wheels Denton County’s Senior Paws program received a $4,000 grant from Denton Animal Support Foundation. The money will be used to purchase pet food and other supplies. Thank you DASF! To read the article featured in Denton Business Journal click: http://www.lemonspublications.com/dbjcurrent.pdf
Les Cockrell also featured an article see it at: http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/les-cockrell-headlines/20150624-les-cockrell-foundation-gives-4000-to-spans-senior-paws-program.ece
Volunteer Appreciation Day 2015
On May 15th Meals on Wheels celebrated its annual Volunteer Appreciation Day. The event took place at Lewisville Senior Center and had 50+ guests in attendance. Raffle prizes were provided by Span Inc. and Land of Lakes Quilt Guild in Lewisville. Board member Ron McGriff donated the lovely flower arrangements. To see pictures, like our Facebook page!
Denton Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry
Over 104,000 Denton County residents do not know where their next meal will come from, including 10% of seniors and 18% of children, but we rarely hear about this issue here at home. To change that, Mayor Chris Watts will declare April 21st, 2015, the fourth annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. From April 14-20, Dentonites will donate nonperishable food to #StopDentonCoHunger and benefit these organizations that serve food to people in need in our community. For a list of places to donate food items, please visit Denton Mayor’s Day of Concern or Meals on Wheels Denton County on Facebook.
Lewisville Site Manager Honored
Mrs. Ruth Tidwell has been a part of the MOWDC family for nearly 9 years. In that time, she has given enthusiastic dedication to her role as the Lewisville Site Manager. Ruth shows unrelenting care and concern for both the volunteers and clients she serves. For that reason, she received recognition for her work at the March 25th board meeting, where she received a certificate and token of appreciation. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team!
Open for Business! Wednesday, February 25th
Meals on Wheels Denton County is up and running today, meal delivery will resume as normal.
CLOSING Tuesday, February 24th
Meals on Wheels Denton County will be closed tomorrow February 24th due to inclement weather. There will be no meal delivery. For updates, check here and on the Meals on Wheels Facebook page. Stay safe and warm out there!
CLOSING Monday, February 23rd
Meals on Wheels Denton County will be closed tomorrow February 23rd due to inclement weather. There will be no meal delivery. For updates, check here and on the Meals on Wheels Facebook page. Stay safe and warm out there!
March for Meals
Meals on Wheels of Denton County participates in the national March for Meals campaign, which is an annual month-long event celebrated this year from Sunday, March 1, 2015, through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America. It is designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger and to celebrate the invaluable services provided by Senior Nutrition Programs across the country. March for Meals is also intended to increase fundraising from local businesses and supporters, as well as help with recruiting new volunteers from our community. To learn more, please visit www.marchformeals.com. As the date approaches well share more information on this site as well as our Meals on Wheels Denton County Facebook page.
Holidays with Span/MOW!On December 6th Span Transit and Meals on Wheels employees came together to celebrate the holidays. It was a fun-filled event! Everyone brought food to share. As they ate, employees got to select a wrapped gift courtesy of Span Inc. To see pictures of the party, please visit Meals on Wheels Denton County Facebook page. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Halloween at Primrose
Span’s Program Manager Kristen Keeth and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Jillian Morales got the privilege of acting as judges in Primrose at Sequoia Park’s Halloween costume contest. What a fun night, there were so many great costumes! It was truly a pleasure to be invited. Primrose at Sequoia Park, a senior living facility ,became a Span Congregate site in August 2014, and currently provides meals for over 50 residents.
Anniversary Party was a success!
On Tuesday October 21st, Span celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Held at Witherspoon Distillery, guests enjoyed the musical styling of Larry Barnett, while snacking on hors d’oeuvres provided by Market Street Catering, Valley Food Services, and I Like Big Bundts. Beverage tastings were provided through Witherspoon. Guests included Span board members, staff, volunteers, and other supporters who gathered to celebrate our history, and to learn how Span plans to continually meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and the public in Denton County. Several lucky individuals won items through participation in door prize and raffle giveaways. All in all, the event was a big hit! Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, as well as to those who came out to show support. We appreciate you! To see more pictures from the evening, please visit the Meals on Wheels Facebook page!
40th Anniversary Celebration
Join us October 21 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Witherspoon Distillery at 545 N. Cowan Avenue in Lewisville to celebrate our 40th anniversary! Founded in 1974, we have continuously worked to provide programs that enable seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and the general public to live as fully and independently as possible. Tickets are $50 and are available by phone (940-382-2224) or at Span’s offices at 1800 Malone, Denton TX.
Welcome Kristen Keeth!
In September Span welcomed our newest Program Manager – Kristen Keeth. Kristen brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit program management, administration, research and compliance. Kristen will oversee our Meals on Wheels program, including home-delivered meals and congregate meals at area senior centers. Also under Kristen’s direction will be our Senior Paws program, which delivers pet food to home-bound clients who might otherwise not be able to provide for their pets.