August 2020: Your children can receive nutritious lunchtime meals, delivered to your home, if they attend school from home through virtual or online learning.
Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids), launched March 23, 2020, 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.
We deliver to: 1) kids, ages 18 and under; 2) kids that can eat solid food. Participants must be home to receive the meal.
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.
We deliver to the following areas:
· Hillsborough County: Tampa (33613) and Wimauma (33598)
· Pasco County: Dade City (33523, 33525)
· Pinellas County: Clearwater (33755, 33756, 33760, 33764, 33759) and St. Petersburg (33701, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714)
MOW4Kids delivers a nutritious meal pack directly to the homes of kids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on designated delivery days.
Meals On Wheels volunteers have received background checks and training prior to delivery.
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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 100 volunteers each week to assist with packing over 500 bags of food and delivering nutritious meals to our younger 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 when school is closed (ie. emergency closings, holiday breaks, etc.).
Volunteer tasks include: 1) packing bags of food on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2) driving own vehicle or riding on school bus to deliver to 10-25 households on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 4) riding along on buses to assist with delivering meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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 a.m. and 2 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 will begin once we have: 1) received your application/s, and 2) confirmed with you on the telephone. Please note: you are not enrolled until you get a phone call confirmation. Deliveries will begin after we speak with you on the telephone. If you receive a voicemail or email from us, please respond between 9AM-5PM. Thank you!
Items included in the box of shelf stable groceries will 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. Any kind of monetary support is helpful to nourishing and enriching the lives of the kids we serve.