Founded by Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Your children can receive nutritious lunchtime meals, delivered to your home, if attending school through virtual or online learning.
Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids), launched March 23, 2020 by the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, to serve kids when school is closed, with meals delivered by volunteers. As of August 24, MOW4Kids offers home delivery meal service to kids who opt to attend school from home, through virtual or online learning, due to COVID-19.
MOW4Kids is an alternative option for: 1) kids that are not able to access any of the school meal distribution sites throughout the county; and/or 2) kids that have difficulty accessing open food pantries.
MOW4Kids delivers a nutritious meal pack directly to the homes of kids between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on designated delivery days.
Eligible children meet the following criteria:
- Are ages 18 and under.
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program.
- Attend school remotely or virtually due to COVID-19.
- Eat solid food.
Eligible head of households meet the following criteria:
- Live in Hillsborough County, within one of the following zip codes: Lutz (33548, 33549), Tampa (33612, 33613, 33618) and Wimauma (33598); or
- Live in Pasco County, within one of the following zip codes: Dade City (33523, 33525); or
- Live in Pinellas County, within one of the following zip codes: Clearwater (33755, 33756, 33759, 33760, 33763, 33764, 33765), Safety Harbor (33761, 34695), and St. Petersburg (33701, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714).
- Be transportation disadvantaged, which is a person described as “not able to get a ride from household members or others for life-sustaining trips: medical, grocery, work, job-related training/education and other vital services” or “not having access to a working or reliable vehicle”; or
- Be homebound, which is a person described as “normally unable to leave home for either the short or long term”, due to illness, injury, or disability.
Help us changes lives, by delivering one meal at a time. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to kids in need of nutrition assistance. As a volunteer, you can: help kids receive a nutritious meal in their home when school is closed, brighten the days of those you deliver to, and work directly with your community by making a difference!
We rely on at least 125 volunteers each week to assist with packing over 500 bags of food and delivering nutritious meals to our young neighbors and their families. With the help of compassionate and dedicated volunteers, we are able to serve many more children in need of meal assistance.
Volunteer tasks include: 1) packing bags of food; 2) driving own vehicle or riding on school bus to deliver to 10-25 households; and 3) riding along on buses to assist with delivering meals. A route takes about an 1-2 hours to complete.
All volunteers must: 1) have a valid drivers license if they are driving a bus; 2) pass a background check – volunteers with level 2 background checks due to their profession as a teacher, school bus driver, etc. are encouraged to apply, 3) be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs. Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
We deliver a box of shelf stable foods and nutritious frozen meals, as resources allow, on Mondays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We currently serve the zip codes listed above. Meals are free of cost. The head of household must pass a background check.
Deliveries begin once we: 1) receive your application/s, and 2) confirm with you on the telephone. Please note: you are not enrolled until you get a phone call confirmation. Deliveries begin after we speak with you on the telephone. If you receive a voicemail or email from us, please respond between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Items included in the box of shelf stable groceries vary. A typical box may include:
- Apple sauce
- Fresh produce, like oranges, celery, tomatoes, apples, carrots
- Fruit cups
- Juice boxes
- Peanut butter
- Vegetables, canned
- Fresh produce
Meals On Wheels for Kids relies on the community to help support its mission of providing nutritious meals to our young neighbors. Your donation will help provide nutritious meals to kids, who rely on the school lunch program, when school is closed, and so much more. The kids we serve look forward to the volunteer visit and the guardians appreciate the safety check that come along with the meal delivery. Your support will enable us to nourish and enrich the lives of the kids we serve.