I recently received an invite from Keller Resident Harry Thorley who happens to serve on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. They were putting on a Lunch and Learn for City Councils today at their facility along South Freeway in Fort Worth. Keller happens to be served by two Meals on Wheels organizations, the aforementioned Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Metroport Meals on Wheels and each organization is completely independent of the other.
Shannon’s 94 year old Grandmother is still a Meals on Wheels volunteer in San Antonio, and although she doesn’t drive herself anymore, she still delivers meals one day a week with the help of a friend that drives her around. My daughter Crystal is also a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Irving, where her employer FedEx allows her to take the time off one day a week to deliver meals to her clients. She can’t say enough about how rewarding her service is.
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County provide over 11,700 meals to Keller residents each year and they have multiple routes within the City, and they even have a distribution center behind the Methodist Church on Johnson Road. It was a great presentation and an organization that truly does a huge amount with the money they receive in public and private grants. An example given by their Chairperson Ossana Hermosillo was that the cost to provide meals for a year is roughly $1,300, which is the same cost as a one night stay in the hospital or 7-10 days in an assisted living center. Their goal is to keep as many people in their own home as long as possible, and it appears with nearly 4,300 meals delivered each day, they are doing a good job of that.