Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County Awarded Grant to Reduce Hospitalizations and ER Visits

Fort Worth — Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County announced today it is honored to accept the 2013 Expanding the Vision Grant through the Meals On Wheels Association of America and the Walmart Foundation. Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County will receive $94,439 toward reducing re-hospitalizations and improving care of recently discharged patients by providing meals within Tarrant County.

“This grant means so much to our program,” said Carla Jutson, executive director of Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County. “Support from the Meals On Wheels Association of America and the Walmart Foundation makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the clients we serve.”

The target audience is recently discharged (within two weeks) hospital patients or emergency room elderly patients (age 60 or older) residing in Tarrant County. The average hospitalization cost within Tarrant County is $25,000. If the nonprofit meets the goal of reducing hospitalization of 60 clients within the service period, it could potentially save $1.5 million, which is a return on investment of 1,400%.

About Meals On Wheels, Inc. Of Tarrant County
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a local nonprofit agency dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals and other services to homebound residents of the county who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and have no one to help them on a regular basis. Meals are prepared in the agency’s central kitchen to ensure the highest quality food at the lowest cost. The services allow its elderly, disabled, and chronically ill neighbors to remain living at home for as long as possible, maintaining their independence and dignity.

About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America represents community-based senior nutrition programs that offer meal services to people in need. It provides grant opportunities, continuing education, networking opportunities, and federal advocacy for senior nutrition. The association is not a governing entity; each Meals On Wheels, including Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, is unique and community-based.

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Contact: Denise Harris, Marketing Coordinator
Office: 817-258-6433 Cell: 817-372-8958
denise@mealsonwheels.org
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County • 320 South Freeway • Fort Worth, TX 76104 • 817-336-0912 • mealsonwheels.org

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