Nothing tastes as good as a homecooked meal, and although it’s not mom’s signature dish, many Southlake residents cherish the main ingredient of Metroport Meals on Wheels – the love of service.
To get into the giving spirit this holiday season, Mayor John Huffman checked in with Mary King, the Executive Director of Metroport Meals on Wheels (MMOW) on this week’s episode of Minute with the Mayor. The partnership between the City of Southlake and Metroport Meals on Wheels has gone on for decades, beginning in the mid-1980s to provide meals and support to homebound and mobile senior citizens.
In 2023, Metroport Meals on Wheels has provided over 2,000 home-delivered meals to 14 Southlake residents, but it doesn’t stop there! Over 3,500 meals have been dished out at The Marq during their Monday luncheons this year alone.
“Some of the most meaningful times as Mayor are the days I get to go deliver with you guys,” said Mayor Huffman.
Although the program runs all year, the holidays prove to be a special time for the program and for the seniors they serve. “The holidays can be extremely lonely and isolating for homebound seniors,” said King.
“Our aim is to help these residents feel engaged and loved during the holidays, especially those that may not have family around or at all.”
To engage these seniors, Metroport Meals on Wheels is hosting a campaign called Stockings for Seniors this year. Stockings for Seniors encourages the community to remember these special neighbors and brighten their holidays. With this program, members of the Southlake community, and beyond, can sponsor stockings filled with practical gifts like clothes, towels, heated blankets, and more.
Stockings are available for adoption at Sadie’s, MMOW’s consignment and resale store, in Roanoke or through their online Amazon Wish List.
As the bells of the holiday season ring, the heartwarming message of the partnership also rings true. “MMOW is Neighbors Helping Neighbors to alleviate hunger, isolation, and loneliness in our communities, and to foster the independence, worth, and dignity of each individual we serve,” said the MMOW website.
If you’re interested in supporting homebound seniors this holiday season, check out MMOW’s Amazon Wish List or sponsor a stocking. Details can be found here.
To watch the full episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below: