How To Apply For Meals On Wheels In Houston

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How To Apply For Meals On Wheels In Houston


With age comes wisdom…and stiff joints!

If you have mobility issues this can complicate things.  The errands that you use to run on your own, you now depend on others to help you with.

One errand that you can depend on others to run is delivering nutritious, hot and ready meals to your doorstep! In this article, we will explain how you apply for Meals on Wheels in Houston.

Once you finish reading this article you will have learned the following about Meals on Wheels in Houston:

  • What the program helps with?
  • How to apply for Meals on Wheels in Houston
  • Which Meals on Wheels contractor delivers to your zip code?
  • How this program can help seniors save money on meals
  • The types of foods served
  • How old you need to be to become eligible?

What Is Meals On Wheels? 

Meals on Wheels (MOW) is a government food program that delivers meals to the homes of individuals (typically seniors) who lack mobility, cannot shop for food or prepare it themselves.

Meals on Wheels has been around since 1943 and provides roughly 218 million meals per year.

Who Is Eligible For Meals On Wheels? 

To be eligible for Meals on Wheels in Houston you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 60 years or older
  • Homebound
  • Unable to shop for your meal
  • Unable to cook a meal

If you are the caregiver, child or spouse of someone 60 + who meets all of the eligibility requirements above you can receive Meals on Wheels services.

What Are The Benefits Of Meals On Wheels?

Meals on Wheels provides much more than a hot, nutrient-rich meal.  They also offer clients added benefits like the following:

Improved quality of diet

MOW not only wants to ensure that seniors eat at least one meal per day, but they also ensure that it is nutritious.

Decreased food insecurity

Whether it’s a lack of money or access to a grocery store the Meals on Wheels Program ensures that every senior have a hot meal each day.

Helps seniors save money

Many of the seniors who qualify for Meals on Wheels are on a fixed income. The daily meal helps clients to lower the cost of food each month.

Increases human contact

Many seniors in the program lack the mobility to visit a Congregate Meals site or shop for their own groceries. This means they stay inside most of the day with no human interaction.  Meals on Wheels volunteers help seniors by providing engaging with them and checking on their physical well-being.

Helping seniors with referrals

In the event a volunteer visits a Meals on Wheels client and notices a problem, they can either call 911 for help immediately or if the situation is not urgent they report this information to a Meals on Wheels team lead for further follow-ups or potential referrals.

Keep seniors in their homes

In life, eating is non-negotiable. Despite a lack of mobility individuals who receive these meals remain in their homes as opposed to being forced to live in nursing homes.

What Kind Of Food Does Meals On Wheels Provide? 

Meals on Wheels in Houston delivers nutritional meals like the following:

  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Beef Entree
  • Diabetic and Heart Friendly Meals
  • Vegetarian Meals

What Is The Enrollment Process For Meals On Wheels? 

To enroll in Meals on Wheels in Houston you must contact the “contractor” assigned to the zip code you live in.

Each Meals on Wheels contactor/agency is assigned to a specific zip code. makes the meals, gathers volunteers and ultimately delivers the meals to seniors.

In the next section, we will provide you with the names of the contractors who managed the Meals on Wheels Program in Houston.

Meals on Wheels Contractors in Houston

There are 7 Meals on Wheels contractors in Houston. Below is a listing of each contractor as well as contact information:

  • Interfaith Ministries
  • Young Women’s Christian Association
  • City of South Houston
  • Northwest Assistance Ministries
  • City of Jacinto City
  • E.R. Jewish Community Center
  • Baytown Meals on Wheels
  • City of La Porte
  • Salvation Army – Pasadena

Here is more information about each Meals on Wheels contractor.

Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels 

Interfaith Ministries is one of the contractors for Meals on Wheels in Houston.  They provide meals to seniors in a number of zip codes all over Houston.

One unique feature about Interfaith Ministries is they offer called AniMeals on Wheels.

AniMeals is essentially Meals on Wheels for pets.

To ensure that their pets were fed, some Meals on Wheels clients would sacrifice their own food to ensure their pets ate. The AniMeals Program was created to fix this problem.

Any Interfaith Ministry client who receives Meals on Wheels services automatically qualifies for the AniMeal Program.

For more information about Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels Program contact them at the following:

  • 3303 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 – 713.533.4900

Northwest Assistance Ministries Meals on Wheels

The Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) delivers meals to many of the zip codes in NW Harris County.

One unique service that NAM offers is the Food for Seniors Project.

The Food for Seniors Project delivers groceries once a month to seniors who cannot cook for themselves or have the money to afford food.

For more information about the Northwest Assistance Ministries Meals on Wheels Program contact them at:

  • 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77090 – 281.855.4555

YWCA Meals on Wheels 

YWCA is the second largest provider of home-delivered meals and feeds nearly 300,000 per year.

For more information on the YWCA Meals on Wheels Program contact them at the following:

E.R. Jewish Community Center Meals on Wheels

E.R. Jewish Community Center is the last Meals on Wheels contractor we’ll tell you about.

Many of the zip codes that they service are between Highway 288 and the Southwest Freeway.

To learn more about their Meals on Wheels Program contact them at:

  • 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096 – 713.729.3200

In the next section, we’ll provide you with a table which you can use to locate the Meals on Wheels contractor that serves the zip code you live in.

Meals On Wheels By Houston Zip Code 

Below you will find a table with listings of each zip code and the Meals on Wheel contractor that services the area.

To find the contractor that delivers in your area you need to type in the zip code that you live. Once you do this the Meals on Wheels contractor will appear. Call this contractor to ensure that they serve your zip code and then ask about the enrollment process for Meals on Wheels.

Zip ContractorPhone
77002Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77003Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77004Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77005E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77006E.R. Jewish Community Center / Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978 or 713.729.3200
77007Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77008Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77009Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77011Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77012Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77013Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77014Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77015Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77016Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77017Interfaith Ministries / City of South Houston713.533.4978 or 713.947.7700
77018Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77019Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77020Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77021Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77022Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77023Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77024Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77025E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77026Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77027Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77028Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77029Interfaith Ministries / City of Jacinto City 713.533.4978 or 713.675.4487
77030E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77031E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77032Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77033Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77034City of South Houston713.947.7700
77035E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77036Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77037Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77038Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77039Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77040Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77041Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77042Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77043Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77044Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77045E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77046Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77047Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77048Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77049Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77050Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77051Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77053Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77054Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77055Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77056Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77057Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77058Baytown MOW281.427.2145
77059Baytown MOW281.427.2145
77060Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77061Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77062Baytown MOW281.427.2145
77063Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77064Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77065Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77066Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77067Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77068Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77069Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77070Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77071E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77072Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77073Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77074E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77075Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77076Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77077Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77078Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77079Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77080Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77081E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77082Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77083Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77084Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77085E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77086Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77087Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77088Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77089Young Women's Christian Association713.868.9922
77090Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77091Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77092Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77093Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77094Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77095Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77096E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77098Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77099Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77336Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77338Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77339Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77345Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77346Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77347Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77373Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77375Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77377Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77379Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77386Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77388Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77389Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77396Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77401E.R. Jewish Community Center713.729.3200
77429Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77433Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77447Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77449Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77450Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77484Northwest Assistance Ministries281.855.4623
77493Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77502Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77503Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77504Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77505Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77506Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77507Salvation Army - Pasadena713.378.0020
77520Baytown Meals on Wheels281.427.2145
77521Baytown Meals on Wheels281.427.2145
77530Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77532Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77536Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77547City of Jacinto City 713.675.4487
77562Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77565Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77571City of La Porte 281.470.9897
77586Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978
77587City of South Houston713.947.7700
77598Interfaith Ministries713.533.4978

Conclusion

If you cannot get to a Congregate Meals site, then Meals on Wheels is the next best alternative.

Meals on Wheels provides the perfect solution for any senior who doesn’t have the mobility they once did.

In addition to providing a free meal 5 days of the week, seniors also get the opportunity to chat with someone and this gives them to chance to remain in their home as opposed to an assisted living facility.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for Meals on Wheels go here to find the contractor that services your zip code.

Do you make an effort to check on seniors? If so what are some of their biggest needs? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

 

Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.