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Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for the 2019 Meals on Wheels Texas Conference

We hope you will join us at the 2019 Meals on Wheels Texas Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Austin from April 15-18. The preliminary agenda includes session tracks for More than a Meal service offerings, Volunteer Management, Leadership, and Development. We'll also be visiting with elected officials at the Capitol during the 2019 Legislative Session.
You are now able to reserve your hotel room and complete Early Bird Registration. Click on the button below to get started, or email info@mealsonwheelstexas.org for more information.
 
A limited number of scholarships will be available for member organizations.
 

Click here for more for more information about scholarshsips!

Register Now

We Want You to be a 2019 Member!


Meals on Wheels Texas and MOWAT celebrated a variety of accomplishments during 2018 which are highlighted in the 2018 Annual Report. This is all thanks to the time and effort put forth by our members, and we know we can count on you for even more accomplishments in 2019. 

The 2018 Meals on Wheels Texas/Meals on Wheels Association of Texas Membership Drive is underway. Renewal notices and forms have been sent to your inboxes and to your mailboxes, so please be on the lookout. We are also offering an easy way to renew your membership to both organizations online. Click here to renew or join!

Help Us Identify Unserved Areas in Texas
 

Meals on Wheels Texas is responding to repeated requests from the state to identify how local Meals on Wheels programs can best reach the unserved areas of Texas. To that end, we are asking Texas Meals on Wheels providers to identify the areas in your region that are unserved and determine what opportunities and barriers there are to serving these areas.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey (average completion time is 9 minutes!) and help us take inventory of what areas in Texas are being served by a home-delivered meal program as well as identify the areas which may not be served. In addition, your completion of this survey will help us learn about the capacity of each HDM service provider across our state.

We would also like to thank those of you that have already completed the survey! You're time and effort are greatly appreciated by all of us here at Meals on Wheels Texas.

You're Invited: Second Regional Member Meeting 


Please join us for the second Meals on Wheels Texas Regional Member Meeting via conference call on January 17th at 2pm!

This meeting will focus on disaster planning for Meals on Wheels organizations. You won't want to miss this opportunity to discuss local emergency resources (flood, fire, hurricane, tornado) with your peers!
RSVP

Debbie King Named New Executive Director of
Meals on Wheels Waco

After 38 years with Meals on Wheels Waco (36 of them as Executive Director), Melody Ann McDermitt has passed the baton to Meals on Wheels Board Member Debbie Lukens King.

Debbie has been Director of Nutrition for  Meals on Wheels Waco for the past three years. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a strong advocate for reducing hunger and has dedicated more than 40 years to that cause. 

Congratulations, Debbie!

Webinar Opportunity: Nonprofit Advocacy Presented by the League of Women Voters

 
Have you wanted to engage with elected officials but aren't sure where to start? Are you already engaging your representatives but aren't sure of the distinction between advocating and lobbying?

Join us on January 31 at 2 p.m. to get answers to these questions and many more! Grace Chimene with the Texas League of Women Voters will provide an overview of the Texas Advocacy Playbook and will be available to answer additional questions about the role and rules of nonprofit advocacy and lobbying at the Texas Legislature.
 
Register Now

Invite Your Legislator to Deliver Meals this Holiday Season


As part of our campaign to ensure continuation of the Texans Feeding Texans home delivered meals grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture, we are once again calling on Meals on Wheels programs that receive this funding to help. Specifically, we are asking you to invite you legislators to deliver meals with you.
 
A few tips:
  • If possible, send an invitation via email. That will make it easier for your legislators to share this information with their aides and may make scheduling easier. If you cannot send an email, send the invitation via handwritten note. Click here to locate the email address of your legislator.
  • Follow up with your legislator via phone to schedule a date and time for him or her to join you on a meal delivery route. (Note: In many cases, you will need to work directly with your legislator’s aide to schedule and iron out details of the visit.)
  • Set up a special meal delivery route for you and your legislator. Because your legislator likely has limited time, be sure to set up a route that can be delivered in half an hour to 45 minutes. A four-person route is generally ideal, but if the distance between clients is large, your route may need to be smaller.
  • The special meal delivery route should include clients who are comfortable visiting with others about their use of Meals on Wheels services, including any media who may accompany you.
  • Ask your legislator or legislator’s aide if they are comfortable with media following you on the route. If so, invite local media to attend!
  • If you determine that media may accompany you, it is helpful to get prior photo releases from the clients since their pictures may be used in public. 
  • Ask your legislator or legislator’s aide if they are comfortable with your taking pictures while on the route. If so, post pictures on your website, in newsletters, and/or on social media about that legislator’s visit. You can also share your pictures with the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas and we will also publicly thank them for delivering meals.
  • When you schedule your legislator for meal delivery, please notify us at info@mealsonwheelstexas.org

   

UPDATED STATE FACT SHEETS NOW AVAILABLE

SHARE WITH FUNDERS, PARTNERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND MORE!
 
We're excited to share with you our latest State Fact Sheets! These recently revamped resources shed light on the challenges of senior hunger, isolation and poverty in each of the 50 states and Washington, DC and help to communicate the critical role Meals on Wheels programs play in addressing those challenges.
 
EXPLORE THE NEW FACT SHEETS
Each State Fact Sheet uses the most current data available and includes a profile of the seniors in that state, a look at the effects of inadequate nutrition and limited social contact on those seniors, the role of Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs statewide, and the impact Meals on Wheels programs throughout the state make every day.
 
You can use this resource on its own or as a supplement to our National Fact Sheet suite, a set of documents designed to help you tell a full and compelling Meals on Wheels story.

Our comprehensive collection of Fact Sheets – State and National – are great resources to have on hand to:
  • Strengthen your grant applications and other proposals with robust statistics and data
     
  • Support any pitches to potential funders or partners
     
  • Share with your Members of Congress and any state or local officials visiting your program 
     
  • Send to various stakeholders and supporters to help communicate your program's impact
     
  • Educate your various audiences on the importance of your work
     
  • Provide content for social media posts and other communications pieces

CONGRESS PASSES 2018 FARM BILL
USDA NUTRITION PROGRAMS PROTECTED AND STRENGTHENED


Meals on Wheels America reports that, after months of negotiating, Congress passed a new Farm Bill, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). The Senate approved the legislation by a strong bipartisan vote of 87-13, and the House followed soon after with a final vote count of 369-47.
 
Critical programs that address senior nutrition – including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) – are now reauthorized following several months of being left to operate on autopilot.
 

RESULTS OF PERSISTENT ADVOCACY

 
The new Farm Bill keeps eligibility for SNAP – our nation's largest anti-hunger safety net – open to more people in need. Thanks to advocates across the country, provisions such as narrower eligibility requirements and stricter work requirements that would have restricted access to SNAP were excluded from the bill.

The Farm Bill additionally streamlines the application process for CSFP – also known as the Senior Food Box Program – to make it easier for seniors receiving this assistance, especially those with limited mobility. For example, the minimum certification period has been raised to one year, and states now have the ability to certify eligible individuals for up to three years, reducing both the burden of paperwork for seniors and the likelihood of missing a recertification deadline. This was a bipartisan effort led by Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA). Read more about our support for these provisions in an earlier press statement here.

For a comprehensive summary of what the 2018 Farm Bill includes, read Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow's (D-MI) statement and overview. To explore even more details on the new Farm Bill – including why it matters to our network – be sure to check out Meals on Wheels America's 2018 Farm Bill guide and our Legislative Action page, as we will keep these resources updated with any important future developments.
March for Meals so that seniors are not forgotten.


2019 MARCH FOR MEALS TOOLKIT NOW AVAILABLE


For the last 16 years, the Meals on Wheels network has claimed the month of March as its time to join forces to strengthen the impact of its efforts and rally communities around what you all do. During March for Meals, you've collectively raised millions of dollars in support of your local programs and recruited tens of thousands of volunteers, champions and lifetime supporters.

Your hard work and dedication have created this success, and Meals on Wheels America is once again providing all the tools and resources needed to plan your 2019 March for Meals.

WHY THE MONTH OF MARCH?
On March 22, 1972, President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors. For more than 45 years, senior nutrition programs like yours have delivered more than just nutritious meals to seniors at risk of hunger and isolation in virtually every community across the country. You've also delivered friendly visits and made sure our seniors are safe in their own homes, where they want to be.

Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have celebrated the month of March since 2002 to increase awareness for Meals on Wheels and recruit the support needed to meet rising demand.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?
March for Meals has been a true grassroots movement as local programs leverage the commemorative month in ways that serve them best. Traditionally, a typical local March for Meals campaign consists of:
  • Fundraising Activities – independent or in partnership with local businesses
  • Volunteer Drives – with the public and in partnership with local organizations
  • Community Champions Activities – public appearances, meal preparation and/or meal deliveries by federal, state and local elected officials, local celebrities, business leaders and the media
  • Community Outreach – communications with supporters and publicity efforts with local media
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TOOLS FOR YOUR SUCCESS
Visit the 2019 March for Meals Toolkit in Member Central today for all the resources, ideas and tips that can help you generate publicity, support and action in your community this March. Think of it as a "March for Meals in a box!" We'll continue to add resources as we get closer to March so check back often!
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