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VOLUNTEER AT MEALS ON WHEELS OF TAMPA

Do good. Feel Good. When you are a Meals On Wheels volunteer, you are delivering much more than a hot meal – you are providing human connection. A typical volunteer route takes about one hour to complete. This one hour affects the lives of so many of our neighbors in need throughout Tampa. For many of our homebound neighbors, you will be the only person they will see or speak with all day. This special delivery gives them a reason to get up in the morning, something to look forward to and a reminder to take care of themselves. To get started volunteering, please click here to create a volunteer account and complete a Volunteer Application.

Volunteer Mission Statement Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s volunteer program identifies, recruits, trains and retains part-time heroes. These heroes are our volunteer drivers and those willing to help with all duties required to accomplish MOW’s mission of providing hot nutritious meals and a friendly visit to our senior and homebound neighbors.

Get started today by creating a volunteer account

& completing the Volunteer Application.

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74 routes are outlined and labeled with a route name and number. Volunteers start their volunteer shift by visiting the green dots, which are pick-up sites, to pick hot bags of food and coolers with sides and water.

Click to view the West Tampa pick-up sites

Grace Lutheran Church (GL) 3714 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33618 (Pick-up time: 9:20 am) Storybook Ranch Preschool (WS) 8401 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33625 (Pick-up time: 9:45 am) Rocky Creek Village (RC) 8606 Boulder Court, Tampa, FL 33615 (Pick-up time: 10:00 am) Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (TC) 8401 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33615 (Pick-up time: 10:15 am) Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church (AR) 4202 West Nassau Street, Tampa, FL 33607 (Pick-up time: 10:40 am) Bel-Mar Presbyterian (BM) 4003 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611 (Pick-up time: 10:55 am) First Baptist Church (FB) 302 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606 (Pick-up time: 11:25 am), door code 2565* Ybor City Museum Society (ET) 2009 Angel Oliva Senior Street, Tampa, FL  33605 (Pick-up time: 11:40 am)

Routes & Pick-Up Sites

Meals On Wheels of Tampa volunteers deliver to neighbors who live within the Greater Tampa area. A snapshot of the service area in which volunteers deliver is to the left.  Each day, M-F, 74 volunteers deliver hot meals to over 800 seniors and homebound.  All of the meals are prepared and cooked in the Meals On Wheels kitchen, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave. Meals On Wheels trucks distribute hot food, every morning, to all 15 meal pick-up sites across town.  Pick-up sites are designated locations where volunteers go to pick up coolers and hot bags, full of meals, for delivery, Monday-Friday.  Pick-up times for each site vary, between 9:20AM – 12:00PM.  All routes are apx. 5 miles, take about an hour to complete and may contain 8-12 stops.  Volunteer opportunities are available on the third Saturday of each month and those routes pick up from Meals On Wheels (550 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33603) between 9:30AM-10:30AM ONLY. Volunteers do not go to designated pick-up sites on Saturdays.

Click to view the East Tampa meal pick-up sites

Forest Hills United Methodist (FH) 904 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612 (Pick-up time: 9:30 am) Northeast United Methodist (NE) 6400 North 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33610 (Pick-up time: 10:00 am) Temple Terrace Presbyterian (TT) 420 Bullard Parkway, Tampa, FL 33617 (Pick-up time: 10:30 am) River of Life Church (BR) 410 Chapman Road East, Lutz, FL 33549 (Pick-up time: 10:45 am) All Saints Lutheran Church (LZ) 5315 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558 (Pick-up time: 11:15 am) Family of Christ Lutheran Church (NT) 16190 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33647 (Pick-up time: 11:30 am) Blessed Sacrament Church (PR) 7001 South 12th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33619 (Pick-up time: 11:55 am) Progress Village 7th Day Adventist (PV) 7927 Flower Avenue, Tampa, FL 33619 (Pick-up time: 12:10 pm)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Driver- Deliver Meals!

Volunteers are the heart of Meals On Wheels of Tampa. Caring and compassionate individuals deliver hot healthy meals to recipient’s homes five days a week, rain or shine (frozen microwaveable meals are delivered on Fridays for the weekend). One of the many benefits of volunteering is the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the growing population of the homebound and senior members in Tampa. This is done by delivering a meal to people who desire to live independently in their own homes.  In addition, volunteers offer caregivers a peace of mind that their loved ones will receive a meal, a friendly conversation and a daily-check.  To get started, please fill out a Volunteer Application. Volunteers pick up meals at designated pick-up sites that are located convenient to their route.  After delivering meals, volunteers return coolers and hot bags to the pick up site.  Each route takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Volunteers receive a route sheet each time they deliver, which includes turn-by-turn directions to each home. If someone is not home, volunteers notify the Meals On Wheels of Tampa office so a follow up phone call can be made to check on the recipient’s well-being. Volunteers may deliver a route twice a month, once a week or more. Substitute drivers are in demand during the summer, holiday, and snowbird seasons.  Drivers must be 18 years of age, have an automobile and a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance and agree to a background screening.  To sign up to volunteer to deliver meals, please click here.

 

Click here to check out our schedule to find a weekday route that’s right for you and sign up today!

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High School Leadership Board (HSLB)

The mission of the Meals On Wheels of Tampa High School Leadership Board (HSLB) is to connect high school students with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and their community, through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising and program development. This is a service-learning and leadership development group comprised of outstanding high school junior and senior students from local high schools.  The HSLB was developed to provide a unique opportunity for students who want to get more involved with a local non-profit, focused on senior hunger. These students contribute to and inform Meals On Wheels of Tampa programming, while acting as ambassadors and leaders in their communities. To learn more or to sign up to be part of the HSLB, please click here.

Deliver fresh Produce On Wheels (POW!) on a Saturday

Volunteers deliver Produce On Wheels (POW!) bags of  fresh fruits and veggies to all meal recipients on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Recipients must be home to receive the bag. POW! was developed to increase our senior and homebound recipient’s access to fresh produce by providing 4-5 healthy snacks with each monthly delivery.  A typical bag may include: a head of lettuce, a tomato, green pepper, 2 oranges, and a banana. Volunteers deliver the packs between 9:30am-12pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except for May, November, and December).  Recipients must be home to accept the bag. To learn more or to sign up to deliver POW!, please click here.

Click here to check out our schedule to find a Saturday route that’s right for you and sign up today!

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Participate in the Annual Holiday Gift Bag Drive

For many of our recipients, family or friends are far or few.  Age and lack of financial resources keep many of the elderly bound to their homes during the holidays.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is making the season extra special by assembling and delivering holiday gift bags to each recipient.  This is our way of reminding our homebound and seniors they are not forgotten.  Each holiday bag is filled with a variety of items, such as: a calendar, ornaments, healthy snacks, juices, personal items, and a special wrapped gift.  Many recipients often say this is the only gift they get all season. *These gift bags are made possible by the many donations received from local businesses, faith-based groups, schools and individuals and every year the MOWTampa Board of Directors gather to assemble the bags. Volunteers will deliver the bags on the 3rd Saturday of month between 9:30am-10:30am. Recipients do not have to be home to accept the bags.

To sign up to deliver Holiday Gift Bags, please click here.

*Help us collect items for the gifts bags this holiday season. Donations for the gift bags may be dropped off at Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s office, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33603.  Volunteers can give contributions to their truck driver or site supervisor at any of the MOWTampa pick-up sites. If you would like to place a festive collection box at your place of business, please call (813) 238-8410.  Donations will be accepted through Monday before delivery.

Deliver Hurricane Preparedness Packs

As hurricane season approaches each year, Meals On Wheels of Tampa provides all of their recipients with a Hurricane Preparedness Pack.  The pack contains 5 shelf stable meals, a gallon of water, a shelter application, and an emergency resource guide.  Community groups and individuals gather on the 3rd Saturday morning in May at Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s office to prepare each pack and hand out as volunteers drive up.  The free pack is given to all recipients in case a disaster were to occur that prevents volunteers from being able to get meals out to recipient homes.  Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th each year. Volunteers deliver the packs between 9:30am-12pm on the 3rd Saturday in May each year.  Recipients do not have to be home to accept the pack. To learn more or to sign up to deliver Hurricane Prep Packs, please click here.

Deliver cards and baked goodies on Thanksgiving morning

Every Thanksgiving morning, volunteers drivers are given the opportunity to deliver a special gift of handmade cards, sweet treats, and gift bags to more than 800 homebound seniors and disabled. Most of these elderly neighbors will spend the holiday alone, in their home. Volunteering to deliver a special gift to our recipients on this holiday morning is a great opportunity to help your community with friends or families. Children are welcome too!  Many of our supporters have made the Thanksgiving Morning Delivery a part of their own family tradition. Volunteers will deliver the packs on Thanksgiving morning between 9:30am-12pm.

Virtual Volunteer

Help spread word of the mission and services by tagging #MealsOnWheelsofTampa on social media.  Use many different tools you already have! Check out our Connect with Us section and Social Media Tools page. Please fill out a Volunteer Application and check off ‘virtual volunteer’ under tasks, so we can make sure to thank you for helping our senior and at-home neighbors virtually.

Need community service hours? Please come to the Meals On Wheels of Tampa kitchen (550 W. Hillsborough Ave.) Monday-Friday, between 12:00-2:00pm, with your paperwork, and ask for Chef Tony. Please do not fill out a volunteer application.

Apply to volunteer today!

To get started, please create a volunteer account and complete a Volunteer Application.

GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES

Adopt-A-Route (AAR) program

The Adopt-A-Route (AAR) program provides an excellent way for companies, civic and faith-based organizations to engage in community service. Through a partnership with Meals On Wheels of Tampa, groups offer their employees or member volunteers time to deliver mid-day meals. Delivering meals together will help your employees or members build teamwork, improve cooperation and increase productivity in the workplace. A study published by Deloitte shows that 78% of employees would rather work for an ethical and reputable company than receive higher pay. In other research, the University of Texas at Austin found volunteer programs can help develop employee skills, improve leadership skills, create teamwork opportunities and create more job satisfaction. To sign up to become an Adopt-A-Route partner or to learn more, please click here.

Click here to schedule a volunteer opportunity for your group!

Deliver Meals

Gather a group to deliver meals to senior and homebound neighbors across Tampa Bay.  This opportunity is available Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays. Groups would arrive at the Meals On Wheels office at 10am to meet with the Volunteer Manger and get oriented. Then your group will set off in groups of 2 or 3 to deliver meals. When delivery is complete, the group will meet back at the Meals On Wheels office to drop off their coolers and hot bags. Lunch and a tour of the kitchen is optional. To sign up to deliver meals with your group or to learn more, please click here.

Join us for lunch!

After delivering a route, join us for lunch at our offices! We will enjoy the meal that is being served to our 800 senior and homebound neighbors that day, explain the mission, and give a tour of the facility, including the kitchen! Can’t make it to our office for lunch? We can bring our ‘lunch-n-learn’ to you, please call our office (813) 238-8410 to schedule this special opportunity at your facility. To RSVP for lunch with your group at Meals On Wheels, please click here. (In the comments section, please indicate the number of guests that plan to attend)

Deliver Hurricane Preparedness Packs

As hurricane season approaches each year, Meals On Wheels of Tampa provides all of their recipients with a Hurricane Preparedness Pack.  The pack contains 5 shelf stable meals, a gallon of water, a shelter application, and an emergency resource guide.  Community groups and individuals gather on the 3rd Saturday morning in May at Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s office to prepare each pack and hand out as volunteers drive up.  The free pack is given to all recipients in case a disaster were to occur that prevents volunteers from being able to get meals out to recipient homes.  Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th each year. Volunteers deliver the packs between 9:30am-12pm on the 3rd Saturday in May each year.  Recipients do not have to be home to accept the pack. To learn more or to sign up to deliver Hurricane Prep Packs, please click here.

Deliver fresh Produce On Wheels (POW!) on a Saturday

Volunteers deliver Produce On Wheels (POW!) bags of  fresh fruits and veggies to all meal recipients on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Recipients must be home to receive the bag. POW! was developed to increase our senior and homebound recipient’s access to fresh produce by providing 4-5 healthy snacks with each monthly delivery.  A typical bag may include: a head of lettuce, a tomato, green pepper, 2 oranges, and a banana. Volunteers deliver the packs between 9:30am-12pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except for May, November, and December).  Recipients must be home to accept the bag. To learn more or to sign up to deliver POW!, please click here.

Participate in the Annual Holiday Gift Bag Drive

For many of our recipients, family or friends are far or few.  Age and lack of financial resources keep many of the elderly bound to their homes during the holidays.  Meals On Wheels of Tampa is making the season extra special by assembling and delivering holiday gift bags to each recipient.  This is our way of reminding our homebound and seniors they are not forgotten.  Each holiday bag is filled with a variety of items, such as: a calendar, ornaments, healthy snacks, juices, personal items, and a special wrapped gift.  Many recipients often say this is the only gift they get all season. *These gift bags are made possible by the many donations received from local businesses, faith-based groups, schools and individuals and every year the MOWTampa Board of Directors gather to assemble the bags. Volunteers will deliver the bags on Saturday, December 17th between 9:30am-10:30am. Recipients do not have to be home to accept the bags.

To sign up to deliver Holiday Gift Bags, please click here.

*Help us collect items for the gifts bags this holiday season. Donations for the gift bags may be dropped off at Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s office, 550 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33603.  Volunteers can give contributions to their truck driver or site supervisor at any of the MOWTampa pick-up sites. If you would like to place a festive collection box at your place of business, please call (813) 238-8410.  Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 12th.

Other Group Opportunities

Groups are always helpful with the following tasks:

  • Everyone deserves a reason to celebrate on their birthday! Make special birthday gift bags that volunteers will deliver on the recipients birthday, along with a cake and card from Meals On Wheels. To create these special bags, groups and individuals collect and assemble items into bags at a location of their choosing (such as at home or office), or space can be arranged in our offices. Items can be assembled into any paper-style lunch bag or gift bag. We encourage volunteers to insert a note or decorate the bags. We welcome your creativity in compiling the bags, adding items as you see fit. Suggested items include: can of soup and crackers, hot cocoa with peppermint sticks, instant coffee or tea, hard candies and snacks (crackers, chips, cookies, etc.), fresh fruit (softer fruits, such as clementines, oranges, bananas, are best), toiletries (hand or body lotion, lip balm, soap, etc.), fuzzy socks, small magnifying glass, puzzle books and pencils, coloring books and crayons, candles, and anything else you think would be festive!
  • Make greeting cards with positive messages (Valentines, Easter, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Holiday, etc.).
  • Help on the day of a special event (Hurricane Preparedness Pack Day, Thanksgiving, or POW! (every 3rd Saturday of the month).
  • Make baked goodies for the Thanksgiving morning delivery. Holiday treats are a simple yet impactful way to let homebound seniors know the community cares. Receiving a holiday treat and/or card along with the hot meal gives our seniors an extra reason to celebrate special days. Please package items individually, ideas include: slice of pie, cookies, brownies, muffins, homemade bread, and anything else you find delicious!
  • Give your time at the office to help wash out coolers used in the daily meal delivery by volunteers.

To arrange a special group volunteer opportunity with your team, please click here. (Indicate in the comments section the task your group is most interested, we are open to your ideas too!)

Click here to schedule a volunteer opportunity for your group!

Have additional questions about volunteering? Please click here for our Volunteer Q&A or call (813) 238-8410.