After serving its seven millionth meal in October 2023, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels is set to celebrate its 50-year anniversary of serving senior citizens in October, according to a June 5 news release.

“This milestone reflects the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, staff and supporters,” Executive Director Doug Simpson said in the release. “Together, we have made a significant impact on the lives of seniors, ensuring they receive the nutrition and support they need to thrive and age in their own homes as long as possible.”

About the program

Established by Fort Bend County commissioners under the Older Americans Act of 1965, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels began services in October 1974, according to the release. It continues to serve free meals to seniors ages 60 and older in Fort Bend and Waller counties with services, including:
  • Home meal deliveries
  • Hot meals at eight congregate center locations, also known as senior centers
The congregate centers also offer nutrition education, recreational activities, computer access and health screenings.

Dates to know

To celebrate the organization’s anniversary, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels will host Saturday Night Fever, a 1970s-themed concert featuring live music from Skyrocket, at Houston Marriott Sugar Land on Sept. 7.

The event is hosted in partnership with Staff Force Personnel Services and Fort Bend County Commissioner Vincent Morales and will include dinner and auctions to celebrate volunteers, staff and community partners, according to the release.

Get involved

Community members interested in supporting Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels can:The organization also accepts supply donations for its congregate centers, pet food and treats for homebound seniors and other needed items through wish lists on Amazon.