Meal Delivery Program
Meal Delivery Program - is a holistic nutrition program that provides home delivered meals for seniors and other homebound clients throughout the Greater Austin area. This program provides case management services to individuals enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program. Each recipient receives one hot meal per day during the week and may have an option of receiving supplemental frozen meals for the weekend.
Want to Volunteer in Austin?
Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious lunch-time meals to the homes of eight to twelve homebound elderly or disabled clients who can no longer prepare balanced meals for themselves. Individual volunteers drive one lunch hour per weekday (please note Meal Delivery operations take place M-F from 11am-1pm). Volunteers should arrive at their prearranged pick-up site between 11:00-11:45 and 11:00-11:20 at our rural/ out lying pick-up sites.
The first steps to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer include filling out an application and attending volunteer orientation training. Orientation is held every Thursday at 12:15 at our Central Kitchen location, 3227 E. 5th Street, or by appointment to schedule different time/day. It takes approximately 1-1.5hrs to complete.
* NOTE: If you are unable to attend Thursday’s training session, you may contact Denise Jimenez, Volunteer Recruiter, to set up a training session by appointment. She may be reached at 476-6325 x143. Volunteers will be asked to provide copies of both driver’s license and car insurance, and allow us to run a criminal background check. All volunteers must be 18 years of age; minors are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult.
Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients on the day(s) scheduled.
- Meals on Two Wheels volunteers deliver meals via bike on certain routes in East Austin.
Substitute Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients as a back-up driver when the regular volunteer meal delivery driver is unable to take the route. Much like a substitute teacher, the substitute driver does not have a permanent weekly route, but is called as needed.
Volunteer Meal Managers coordinate meal distribution for volunteer drivers at a given pick–up site as assigned.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Denise Jimenez firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals & Pick-Up Sites
Menus are planned and prepared under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD). We offer various meal choices in order to meet the special dietary needs of our clients. Meals are prepared at the Central Kitchen location where they are pick-ed up by volunteers and distributed to our 13 other pick-up sites throughout the Austin Area so that we may serve not only Austin Metro, but outlying areas as well.
In addition to the nutritious food they receive, each Meals on Wheels client has an assigned case manager who provides home visits, receives calls from clients and the client’s friends and family members, and ensures that basic living needs are met. Case managers refer clients to our internal programs, such as the Handy Wheels program and the Groceries to Go program, as well as to programs offered by the City, County, and other community-based organizations.