Lubbock Meals on Wheels, Inc. Began in 1971 with a small group of caring board members, staff, and volunteers. Service began in April with the delivery of meals to 29 recipients, Monday through Friday.
In 1991, Lubbock Meals on Wheels purchased the building that is our current base of operation, and began serving over 350 recipients each day.
In 1997, a kitchen and the Volunteer Center were added to this location.
Pet Program Begins
In 1999, LMOW began its Pet Food Program, ensuring that recipients’ pets could remain at home to provide much needed companionship. In this same year, LMOW received a grant that provided funding to purchase the van and supplies needed to begin a frozen meal program. This allows us to deliver to those in the rural areas one or two times each week.
Where We Are Today
Today, with the help of over 1,200 volunteers, Lubbock Meals on Wheels serves over 700 meals each day and over 160 meals each weekend in the Lubbock community. LMOW continues to coordinate with local resources and implement programming to help our clients remain independent, at home, and connected to their community. Through contract, LMOW provides meals to Idalou Meals on Wheels and the Adult Day Activity Center in Lubbock.
Each service day, Lubbock Meals on Wheels provides a meal that includes a meat entrée, two servings of vegetables or fruit, bread and/or dessert. We offer sugar-free desserts, soft meals, vegetarian meals, and other special diets to meet the needs of our recipients. Our volunteers do so much more than deliver meals. For many of our homebound recipients, our volunteer may be the only person they see each day. The hot, nutritious meal we deliver is important, but so is the daily human contact our volunteers provide. Our volunteers deliver many extra items such as birthday cakes on recipients’ birthdays, pet food, emergency meals, weekend meals, newspapers, reading material, and fresh flowers most Fridays.