What started as 25 meals a day delivered to a small, inner-city area of Fort Worth has grown to the countywide program it is today, and our commitment to helping the homebound remain independent and at home has not changed.
In 1972, representatives from 11 downtown Fort Worth churches formed the Association of Central City Ministries (ACCM). Its first concern was services to the elderly, and ACCM made the commitment to bring food to the elderly in the central city area. On May 15, 1973, Meals On Wheels was begun using all volunteer help.
Meals On Wheels became its own agency in 1977 to better meet the need for home-delivered meals throughout Tarrant County. In 1980, Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County assumed responsibility of the Arlington Meals On Wheels. The organization continued growing and, in 1989, addressed the need for lower costs and better quality control by purchasing a building and renovating it into a central kitchen and administrative office. In 2001, the ever-increasing need for home-delivered meals to the elderly and disabled residents of Tarrant County coupled with an expansion of meal preparation for neighboring counties spurred Meals On Wheels to enlarge the central kitchen, office, and garage.