All around us are seniors in desperate need of nutritious meals and human contact. VNA volunteers and staff work through the Meals on Wheels program to serve qualified homebound seniors and disabled adults, helping them remain in their homes with dignity and independence.
VNA's Meals on Wheels provides nutritious, freshly prepared, hot meals to Dallas County residents who can't provide for themselves due to illness, advanced age or disability.
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and nearly 4,000 volunteers, the meals are prepared in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Kitchen and delivered along with kind words and a caring spirit.
Every year, one million meals are delivered to homebound seniors or served at senior centers in Dallas County by nearly 4,000 volunteers.
The Meals on Wheels Program in Dallas was organized in 1957 as a pilot project by the Women's Council of Dallas County in recognition of the needs of the homebound elderly and disabled. It was one of the first Meals on Wheels programs in the United States. In 1973, the Women's Council of Dallas County asked VNA to assume responsibility for the service. VNA agreed to do so, viewing the service as a logical extension of home health care and as an advancement of the agency's mission. At the time VNA began working with the Meals on Wheels program there were 125 clients per day.
In 2008 VNA completed the Beatrice M. Haggerty Kitchen, where today we prepare more than one million fresh, hot, nutritious meals annually and deliver them to seniors who are homebound or dining at senior centers in Dallas county.