Delivering self-sufficiency

Meals on Wheels San Antonio works to eliminate hunger, decrease isolation and foster independence among seniors by providing meals, companionship and Alzheimer’s care. Each weekday, the nonprofit prepares and delivers a meal and a social call to more than 4,500 seniors in need. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If the nonprofit reaches 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

Providing more than a meal

Along with delivering nutritious meals directly to seniors, Meals on Wheels helps provide the gift of self-sufficiency. Its work enables older and disabled people to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. This further allows seniors to avoid expensive and invasive healthcare alternatives such as unnecessary trips to the emergency room, hospitalizations and nursing home placements.

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A SWBC employee delivers meals to Meals on Wheels recipients during the pandemic in 2021.

Founded in 1977, Meals on Wheels began as a small program serving 20 clients a year. Today, it delivers more than 1.5 million meals to about 7,000 seniors annually across south-central Texas. Along with preparing and delivering meals, the nonprofit offers a range of supporting programs including AniMeals, Friendly Visitor, Comfy Casas and Grace Place Alzheimer’s Services.

The AniMeals service offers pet wellness services and delivers monthly pet food to seniors who would otherwise risk their own health to share their meals with their companion pets. Friendly Visitor provides much-needed social engagement to homebound seniors and disabled neighbors by pairing a client with a volunteer who regularly visits, calls and sends mail.

The Comfy Casas service enables clients to safely age in place by addressing their living conditions and home safety needs and doing free minor home repairs and modifications. Grace Place Alzheimer’s Services provides socialization and activities for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or related diseases.

“We love what Meals on Wheels does for our fragile senior population and we’re proud to support their work,” said Joy Larson, CEO of SWBC Insurance Services. “And delivering food is just the beginning. Since many recipients live alone, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers also take the time to visit and brighten their day with compassion and companionship.”

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SWBC staff donating a branded delivery van to Meals on Wheels San Antonio in 2019.

“We love what Meals on Wheels does for our fragile senior population and we’re proud to support their work.” – Joy Larson, CEO, SWBC Insurance Services

A team effort      

Through its foundation, SWBC Insurance Services has supported Meals on Wheels in many ways since 2000. It’s a true team effort with all 40 SWBC employees pitching in. Its staff helps by delivering meals to seniors twice a week, organizing an annual golf tournament the company started in 2021, donating money and volunteering time as needed. In addition, Larson has served on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels.

In 2019, SWBC gifted a branded delivery van to the nonprofit that it uses to deliver meals to those in need throughout San Antonio. And in 2022, the agency donated $10,000 to assist with Meals on Wheel’s Winter Storm Kit Delivery Event, which included dropping off a week’s worth of food to about 4,500 seniors in the community.

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The SWBC Foundation presents a $10,000 donation to Meals on Wheels San Antonio in February 2022 to support its Winter Storm Kit Delivery Event.

Partnership during the pandemic

During the pandemic, Meals on Wheels saw a reduction in volunteers, especially from corporate volunteer groups. “We are so grateful that SWBC was one of the first corporate teams to come back and volunteer as the pandemic eased,” said Vinsen Faris, Chief Executive Officer of Meals on Wheels San Antonio. “Their dedication during these uncertain times ensures that our senior neighbors continue to receive the care and nutrition they need.”

“We are so grateful that SWBC was one of the first corporate teams to come back and volunteer as the pandemic eased. Their dedication ensures that our senior neighbors continue to receive the care and nutrition they need.” – Vinsen Faris, Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels San Antonio

 

Care and companionship for the most vulnerable    

A $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help Meals on Wheels San Antonio prepare and deliver meals to 4,500 clients in the San Antonio community. In addition, the grant would also help with their support programs, such as the Grace Place Alzheimer’s Services, and continue to provide resources to families living with dementia. Help SWBC Insurance Services win another $5,000 for Meals on Wheels San Antonio by leaving a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left.

 

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Jeffrey
2 months ago

Anna Cossel
3 months ago

Good job!

Warren
4 months ago

I am certain we are here to lend a hand to others who need it whether by donating money, delivering food or visiting, while providing supporting words of encouragement. Thank you so much SWBC team for all you have done and to every single person who has championed, promoted and sustained Meals on Wheels initiatives.

Daniel S
4 months ago

I am proud to be part of a company that supports our senior community. Congratulations SWBC!

Lucinda Crane
4 months ago

Meals on Wheels does wonderful work in our community delivering meals and a smile to our beautiful seniors in San Antonio!

Sylvia Fijalkowski
4 months ago

Wonderful cause! Great work SWBC team!

Michele B
4 months ago

Great Story and Company

Anne King
4 months ago

Thank you SWBC for your continued service to the community!! Love this company that cares about people!!

Melissa Vela-Williamson
4 months ago

Meals on Wheels San Antonio is one of the hardest working organizations I’ve ever known.They were absolute heroes during the worst days of the pandemic and continue to serve more of our most vulnerable neighbors in 14 Texas counties. They deserve our support! Thank you, SWBC.

Ellen Boyer
4 months ago

I work for SWBC and when I was located at HQ myself and others delivered meals once a week in our lunch hour for Meals on Wheels for about 2 years. It was very rewarding and the seniors were always glad to send you. Go SWBC!

Meili Quiroga
4 months ago

Thank you, SWBC, for your continued service to the community. It’s an honor and a joy to work for such an amazing company who gives back to It’s community.

Mike Wise
4 months ago

The SWBC family epitomizes community service ! A great company to work for and to have in the community

Jorge De La Garza
4 months ago

This is service to the community. I am Proud to be part of the SWBC family.

Deborah
4 months ago

I look forward to seeing the folks on my route each week. They are always so glad for the food and the attention. Thanks to SWBC for helping support out seniors..

Carol Dornbluth
4 months ago

This is an important service to seniors.

Ruben Alvarado
4 months ago

Providing nourishment and a smile to so many people. SWBC really cares. – Thank you

Kara Henkel
4 months ago

Thank you SWBC, what a great charity to help out!

Lupe H.
4 months ago

Thank you, SWBC!

valerie thompson
4 months ago

thanks swbc!

Nate Hopwood
4 months ago

SWBC is a wonderful company that gives back to the community.

Jenny Gaddis
4 months ago

So proud to work for SWBC! What a great program!

Nicole S
4 months ago

Great job SWBC, love your commitment to SA!

Amanda
4 months ago

Such a wonderful organization and way to give back!

Renee Dalessio
4 months ago

What a great way to give back.

Kate Youngbauer
4 months ago

Moving in a powerful way, even in the midst of difficulty, positively impacting others. Thank you and bravo SWBC!

Arlene Todd
4 months ago

This is such a great program. Congratulations SWBC!

Bill Fritz
4 months ago

Outstanding ! Congratulations to SWBC Foundation! Excellent cause and organization!

Elizabeth
4 months ago

Proud of the collaboration between SWBC and Meals on Wheels!

Elizabeth San Marco
4 months ago

This is such a wonderful program!

Michele M
4 months ago

Great cause

Shaine
4 months ago

Thank you to SWBC and to Meals on Wheels for helping aid our seniors.

Christopher Quinn
4 months ago

Thank you!

Lonny
4 months ago

I love charity and full bellies!

Tanya Baxter
4 months ago

We love that MOW helps so many family’s!

Misty Cardenas
4 months ago

I am lucky to be a part of this wonderful team!

Cipriano Arguello
4 months ago

Cool!

Christine Hecker
4 months ago

Perfect way to make a difference and give back to the community! Meals on Wheels…Let’s help them wheels roll!!!

VeggyLover
4 months ago

Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization that I’m proud to support!

Shauna McEachern
4 months ago

Such a great initiative to support families in need!

Alex G
4 months ago

So happy to see the community come together to support our seniors and their families! Way to go SWBC!!

Michael Raimondi
4 months ago

Amazing work!

Katie O.
4 months ago

Thank you!

Claudine Meinhardt
4 months ago

I’m happy to see this! Thank you!

Last edited 4 months ago by Claudine Meinhardt
David Canales
4 months ago

This is awesome! So proud to work for SWBC! Great job everyone.

Bryan Robb
4 months ago

Fantastic work! Great job everyone.

Daniela B
4 months ago

Great way to give back to the community! Go SWBC!

Kristen
4 months ago

A great example of team effort and a way to help our community. Way to go SWBC!

Steve Castner
4 months ago

Thank you for your help in the community!!! Go SWBC!

Rose
4 months ago

God Bless you SWBC Foundation, Liberty Mutual, and Safeco Insurance for helping us in the San Antonio area❣

Lili Montes
4 months ago

Way to go, SWBC! Congratulations!

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