Meals on Wheels
Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended new volunteer training and can no longer take new volunteers. We will update our website when we are able to accept new volunteers again. Thank you!
Volunteers pick-up hot, nutritious meals during lunchtime Monday - Friday and hand-deliver them directly to the homes of seniors and persons with disabilities.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas has 14 distribution sites conveniently located throughout Travis and Williamson Counties from which volunteers can pick up meals for delivery.
Volunteer Eligibility Requirements
- Turn in a completed Volunteer Registration Form (link to online application)
- A copy of CURRENT Driver’s License, a valid inspection sticker, and up-to-date liability insurance coverage on vehicle, as required by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Participate in a MOWCTX volunteer training session and/or view the MOWCTX training video
- Verification checks:
- Criminal Background History
- Department of Aging and Disability Services Nurse Aide Registry
- Department of Aging and Disability Services Employee Misconduct Registry
- National Sex Offender Registry
Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious lunch-time meals to the homes of six to ten homebound elderly or disabled clients who can no longer prepare balanced meals for themselves. Individual volunteers drive one lunch hour per weekday (please note Meal Delivery operations take place M-F from 11am-1pm). Volunteers should arrive at their prearranged pick-up site between 11:00-11:45 and 11:00-11:20 at our rural/outlying pick-up sites. Don't have the time to commit to a weekly route, but still want to get involved? Talk to our Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator about becoming a substitute driver at orientation.
The first steps to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer include filling out our interest form and attending volunteer orientation training. Orientation is held every Thursday at 12:15 at our Central Kitchen location, 3227 E. 5th Street, or by appointment to schedule different time/day. It takes approximately 1-1.5hrs to complete.
* NOTE: If you are unable to attend Thursday’s training session, you may contact Jason Kamimoto, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, to set up a training session by appointment: 476-6325 x 188. Individuals will be asked to provide copies of both driver’s license and car insurance, and allow us to run a criminal background check. All volunteers must be 18 years of age; minors are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult.
- Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients on the day(s) scheduled.
- Meals on Two Wheels volunteers deliver meals via bike on certain routes in East Austin.
- Substitute Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients as a back-up driver when the regular volunteer meal delivery driver is unable to take the route. Much like a substitute teacher, the substitute driver does not have a permanent weekly route, but is called as needed.
- Volunteer Meal Managers coordinate meal distribution for volunteer drivers at a given pick–up site as assigned.
Interested in volunteering with your family? Consider volunteering through our partner, Generation Serve! Generation Serve is a nonprofit organization that engages children in volunteerism in order to empower them to make a difference in their communities. Check out their volunteer opportunities.