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COMMISSIONER MILLER AWARDS $8.5 MILLION TO TEXAS HOME-DELIVERED MEAL PROVIDERS
Funds to provide meals to Texans most in need of assistance

AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced today the Texas Department of Agriculture is awarding approximately $8.5 million to more than 130 agencies across the state that serve meals to homebound elderly and disabled Texans. These grants are part of TDA’s Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program, which is funded by the Texas Legislature.

“We must do everything in our power to make sure our seniors and Texans with special needs never go hungry,” Commissioner Miller said. “This funding will help fill the stomachs and hearts of people who need it most. We’re giving them a helping hand, not a handout.”

The Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program is a result of House Bill 407, which was passed by the 80th Texas Legislature. The bill allocates extra funding to home-delivered meal providers.

“The home-delivered meal program keeps people out of institutional care and in the comfort of their own homes,” Commissioner Miller said. “This saves taxpayers money. It also provides seniors and those with special needs with the opportunity to live where they are in a secure, happy and healthy environment.”

The grants are based partly on the number of meals eligible applicants served last year. Grants can only be used to supplement and expand existing services related to the delivery of meals. Meals on Wheels and More of Central Texas is one of this year’s grant recipients.

“The Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program makes a critical difference in the lives of tens of thousands of homebound older adults and people with disabilities,” said Dan Pruett, president/CEO of Meals on Wheels and More. “These are folks who live on fixed incomes and might not otherwise have access to nutritious food. Many of the Texans who receive assistance through this program bravely served our nation in the armed forces.Meals on Wheels and More thanks Commissioner Miller for his strong support and helping our agency help those in need.”

Last year, TDA awarded grant funding to home-delivered meal providers who served more than 13 million meals statewide. The Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program has provided nearly $73 million to Texas organizations over the past eight years.



Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Receives Award

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples was awarded for lifetime achievement by the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas (MOWAT) Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He is the first recipient of this award.

The following is a quote from Commissioner Staples regarding the award:

"It has been a privilege to work with the men and women who demonstrate their passion for Texas each day when they volunteer to serve a meal or support Meals on Wheels of Texas in some fashion.  While I am certainly grateful to accept this award on behalf of the excellent team here at the Texas Department of Agriculture, the true recognition goes to those who are enriching lives and providing another day of independence for Texans who have built our cities, fought our wars and raised the next generation. We all need to be reminded that true charity comes from the hearts of caring individuals, not from government coffers.  May God continue to bless you in your efforts."

"We have been most fortunate to have Commissioner Staples on our side," said Timothy Stewart, President, Meals on Wheels Association of Texas., "Since the passage of HB407 in May, 2007, his stewardship of Ag’s home-delivered meal grant program has ensured many thousands of Texas seniors have received millions of meals they might otherwise would not have. It’s become a model for similar efforts across the nation."

According to its bylaws, the mission of MOWAT is to provide professional training that will have a positive impact on both clients and providers and to represent and advocate for clients and providers of home-delivered and/or congregate meal services in Texas.

From the passage of HB407, Meals on Wheels Plus in Abilene was able to create our breakfast program to benefit our most at risk clients.

Pictured (left to right); Michael Goldstein, Meals on Wheels and More, Austin;  Timothy Stewart, President MOWAT; Commissioner Staples; Dan Pruett, Meals on Wheels and More, Austin/MOWAT Board.

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WANTED - You or Your Group

If you are part of a group, organization, or an individual looking to make a difference in someone’s life……..We’re looking for you!

We are currently making changes to our Groceries on Wheels program and need more volunteers to help

We are in need of a group or groups to help maintain our pantry, bag groceries, and deliver groceries to our most needy clients.

If this is something you or your group may be interested in, please contact our volunteer office at volunteer@mealsonwheelsplus.com or call 672-5050.

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You Shop, Amazon Gives to Meals on Wheels Plus!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. All you need to do is click on the Get Started button on the right and sign into your Amazon account. We suggest you bookmark (or save to your favorites) this link for future use. You must use this link every time you log on to Amazon, to ensure Meals on Wheels Plus receives a donation from Amazon.

Then Shop, Shop, Shop…..It’s as easy as that.


Anderson Foundation Matching Grant

Now is a great time to double the size or your donations. The Anderson Foundation of Austin, is offering a challenge to donors, and will match your donation dollar for dollar, up to 25,000.

Donors are being challenged to help provide lunches for needy people who are on the waiting list for a funding slot for free Title XX meals to open up. Some people have been on that waiting list for over a year. But they need meals now. Title XX funding is limited.

We don’t like to think that there are people in our community who go hungry. Please mark your donation “Waiting List”

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