50 Years of Meals on Wheels in Dallas

By Eugenia King

How can you be the hands and feet of your faith in our Dallas community? One way is to be a driver for the Meals on Wheels (MOW) program of the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) Five days a week, year-round, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, volunteers deliver to roughly 4,600 homebound seniors a warm meal and a big smile.

VNA had it’s humble beginnings in the tent cities of West Dallas during the depression. The nurses provided care to the women and children at risk, forming the foundation to help the most vulnerable in their home. VNA’s umbrella of care now provides Meals on Wheels as well as adult and pediatric hospice and palliative care. In addition, we have community health workers who can navigate other needs of our meal’s clients including in-home flu or Covid vaccines.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of MOW delivering nourishment throughout Dallas County. Saint Michael has been there along the way and currently has a substantial roster of active volunteers delivering meals and social support. The late Mary Bartholow recruited our own Byrd Teague and Ruthie Garrett who just received the VNA Volunteer of the year award (pictured above). In addition, several parishioners have served on the Board of Directors–thank you Becky and Mike Casey, Christi Marrow, Pressley Peters and CiCi Weinmann!

If you would like to volunteer for Meals on Wheels click here.