Our Vision is the Independence and Dignity of Elderly, Disabled and Homebound Residents "so no senior goes hungry®"
Meals on Wheels of Odessa, Inc., began its mission in 1977 to eliminate hunger and prevent premature nursing home placements by providing a hot meal each weekday to the low income, frail, elderly and/or disabled of Odessa. Fifteen volunteers began serving nutritious meals each weekday to 12 people. Today, as many as 32 volunteers use their own vehicles to deliver the meals to 535 people. Some of our original volunteers are still delivering meals!
Our target area is the entire city of Odessa. The routes go from loop to loop, so this does include some of the county. Our service provides meals to adults 60 years of age or older and disabled adults 18 years or older who are home bound and unable by reason of disability to prepare their own meals. Our Private Pay program provides a meal to those who do not qualify according to Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) income guidelines. The fee we suggest for this service is $3.00 per meal.
Department of Aging and Disability Services provides an initial intake screening for qualification of Meals on Wheels and any other assistance they or local agencies might provide. This prevents a duplication of effort, yet permitting Meals on Wheels to visit clients yearly to ascertain their opinions of Meals on Wheels' services. During that visit, any special conditions or other needed social services noted are reported to DADS for action.
Currently Meals on Wheels of Odessa receives Texas State matching funds from Title XX funding, through Department of Aging and Disability Services. The funds are used to partially purchase meals for almost 500 clients per day for over 300 days a year. Two hundred of these clients will meet the criteria for AFDC, SSI, NPA food stamp recipient, MAO income. Other income sources include Community Development Block Grant funding from the City of Odessa. United Way, and local donations from churches and individuals. Each year Meals on Wheels Board of Directors have a fundraiser.
Permian Basin Area Agency on Aging provides funds from Title III Older Americans Act to Ector County Elderly Nutrition Program. The program is located at the sight of the Northside Senior Citizens Center and cooks their meals and serves on sight, as well as providing meals for the Southside Senior Center and Westside Senior Center. They deliver to home bound elderly who make a donation for meals.
Various churches operate food pantries to distribute to those in need. Salvation Army and Door of Hope Mission serve a hot meal on site each day of the week. Meals on Wheels is the only local agency that delivers hot meals five days a week, free of charge to the home bound and/or elderly who qualify according to Department of Aging and Disability Services income guideline.
Meals on Wheels of Odessa has been a proud member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America and the United Way of Odessa since 1996.
Meals on Wheels of Odessa is also a member of the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas.
According to the 1990 actual figures, the total population of Odessa is 89,699. The ethnic breakdown for those currently being served by Meals on Wheels is 57% Anglo, 27% Hispanic, 14% Black, and 2% Other.
Delivering meals is a full time job requiring the help of many volunteers.
SEPTEMBER 2011- AUGUST 2012
Volunteers will have the opportunity to do hands-on packaging of meals, cleaning and interacting with other volunteers. We also need volunteers to help organize and participate in distributing meals and other gift items to the volunteer drivers as they arrive.
Office hours are from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Telephone numbers are 333-6451 and 333-3724. The fax number is 333-5477.