Skip to main content

About Us

Mission & History

Our Vision

A community where no senior is hungry or lonely and everyone has what they need to successfully age in place.

Our Mission

Providing services that support seniors in our service area as they age in place, where they want to be.  

What is Meals on Wheels?

For nearly 70 years, Meals on Wheels member programs have been a force in the fight against senior hunger and isolation.⁠ Programs operating under the name "meals on wheels" started in the United States in Philadelphia in the 1950s, serving food to homebound folks who would otherwise go hungry.

Meals on Wheels America was founded in 1974 as the primary association of home-delivered meal and senior services programs nation-wide. Independent programs like ours partner with the national organization to reassure clients and families of our high standard of quality among all our services. As part of the nationwide effort to improve the conditions of our aging population, we commit to operate at a level of quality that preserves the dignity of all our clients and makes us proud to be a part of the Meals on Wheels family of organizations.

Our History

Our organization was founded in 1979 as the Victoria Senior Citizens Association. Since then, we have provided home-delivered meals for homebound seniors through our meal delivery program; congregate meals, health screenings, and recreational activities at our senior citizen centers; and transportation to medical and personal care appointments and other destinations for those over 60 who can no longer drive themselves. We joined the Meals on Wheels America family in 2018 as Meals on Wheels Victoria.

For our first 40 years, we served primarily within the city limits of Victoria. Then, in 2020, in response to increased demand from COVID-19, we stepped up to deliver in rural Victoria County. In July 2021, with the support of United Way of the Crossroads, we expanded to central DeWitt County.

2022 saw our service area expand to an eight-county region, and to reflect our commitment to serving seniors across our service area, not only in Victoria proper, we renamed to Meals on Wheels South Texas.

Our Work

Each premade meal is a delicious, nutritious collaboration between a registered dietician and Executive Chef Brenda Amaya. When we make a delivery, a senior receives needed nutrition to heal and thrive and the kindness of a smiling volunteer; sometimes, that delivery is the only social interaction a senior can expect all day.

MOWSTx is, at our heart, a home-delivered meal services organization. But older adults are so much more than bellies to fill. Under the More than a Meal philosophy, our programs take a holistic approach to helping our older neighbors age in place.

Our range of supplementary services focus on providing companionship. Our region suffers particularly from the effects of loneliness: AARP community health data scores our service area at a 63% risk of social isolation, four times the statewide risk score. More seniors here live alone and struggle with living independently due to a lack of social support systems.

The effects of loneliness on health are well-documented, leading to worsened outcomes following a medical event, lack of motivation to stay healthy and continue to live independently, and increased rates of health complications and death. It's why we deliver More than a Meal:

  • The PAW pet care support program ensures clients can continue to care for their beloved cats and dogs, some of whom are registered service animals.
  • We connect clients with the greater community through our transportation and library materials delivery services.
  • Seniors join us every weekday for lunch and activities (including BINGO, celebrations, and education series on a variety of topics) at the Connection Café.
  • Friendly Call Line and Senior Support Services connect volunteers with our clients to be the social support many lack in their day-to-day lives, offering friendship and acting as a vital safety check-in in the event of a medical emergency.

MOWSTx provides various services to the Aransas County, Calhoun County, DeWitt County, Goliad County, Jackson County, Lavaca County, Refugio County, and Victoria County. Not all services are available in all zip codes. Give us a call at 361-576-2189 to learn what's available in your area.