Celebrating 50 Years: Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Honors Half a Century of Service

Celebrating 50 Years: Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Honors Half a Century of Service

June 06 2024

As Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels (FBS) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the organization looks back on five decades of tireless and dedicated service to seniors in Fort Bend County. As one of the region's oldest non-profit institutions, FBS has strived to address the ever-growing needs of local seniors, delivering nutritious meals and necessary support to maintain their independence and welfare.

Established in 1974 by the Fort Bend County Commissioners' Court, FBS swiftly grew from a budding non-profit to a registered 501(c)(3) organization by 1976. In 1981, it further expanded its reach, becoming a United Way organization which allowed it to broaden community support and funding.

Over the years, FBS has continuously expanded its services – a response to the ever-expanding needs of our local seniors. In 1990, FBS extended its senior programs to Waller County and by 2004, the organization received official certification from the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

During the challenging times of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the organization adapted its operations to enhance safety, increase meal deliveries, and conduct virtual wellness checks. By 2023, FBS had served its 7 millionth meal - a testament to the organization's significant reach and enduring impact.

FBS, now marking their 50th year of service, remains the only non-profit organization in Fort Bend and Waller counties delivering meals directly to seniors' homes. Yet their work extends beyond meal deliveries. FBS offers a range of programs including congregate meal programs, transportation services, emergency preparedness, and other support services, all catering to the comprehensive needs of seniors.

To commemorate this milestone, FBS is hosting the Saturday Night Fever, a 1970s themed celebration featuring a live music performance by Skyrocket, on September 7 at the Houston Marriott Sugar Land. Made possible in part by Staff Force Personnel Services and Fort Bend County Commissioner Vincent Morales, the event is not only a celebration but an homage to the volunteers, staff, and community partners who have played integral roles in the organization's success.

“This milestone reflects the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, staff, and supporters. 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,” said Doug Simpson, Executive Director of Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.

As the organization steps into its next decade, community members are encouraged to continue their support and participate in the anniversary celebrations. Opportunities to get involved include volunteering, donating, and attending events. For more information, please visit www.fortbendsenior.org or call 281-633-7049

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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