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Hall of Fame?

Independence Meals on Wheels should have a Hall of Fame. Perhaps for outstanding Board members, but certainly for our volunteer route drivers. A former driver, Betty Shrout, recently died. Her obituary mentions she “delivered Meals on Wheels for many years”. And, a person who knew her from that period said “Betty delivered out of Independence Regional and was very dependable.” If we had a Hall of Fame, Betty may have been worthy of membership. There are many others from the past who would have been deserving. And there are some current drivers who would merit “future Hall of Fame candidate” status.

Indeed, Meals on Wheels drivers have been a remarkable group for a long time. They score the highest of any category in our annual meal recipient surveys. But they provide this service selflessly, saying they receive more from the experience than they give. They appreciate the meal recipients as much as the recipients value them. Perhaps a Hall of Fame is not that important after all.

We are always interested in, and often in need of, new volunteer drivers who want to join the rich heritage that has been established!


2022 Holiday Schedule

This is the holiday schedule Northwest Community Development Center, our meal provider, will be observing in 2022. Independence Meals on Wheels will deliver holiday meals the day before the holiday (or before the first day when two days in a row are scheduled as holidays) for meal recipients who indicate (to the MOW office) they would like to receive them:

January 17,  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 15,  Good Friday

May 27,  Memorial Day Holiday

May 30,  Memorial Day Observed

July 4,  Independence Day

July 5,  Independence Day Holiday

September 2,  Labor Day Holiday

September 5,  Labor Day

November 24,  Thanksgiving Day

November 25,  Thanksgiving Day Holiday

December 23,  Christmas Eve Observed

December 26,  Christmas Observed



Christmas in the Park 2021

Independence Meals on Wheels was fortunate to be able to work a night at Longview Lake’s fun and entertaining Christmas in the Park—an annual event that allows selected nonprofit organizations the opportunity to work an evening as a fundraiser by accepting voluntary donations from cars as they complete the drive through the park. The money collected in this manner goes directly to Jackson County Parks and Recreation, but the nonprofit organizations are paid a specified amount for “working the event”. MOW worked on December 29, 2021 on a cold evening! It was a lot of fun!


Christmas Blessing from Farrand Farms

For Christmas 2021, Farrand Farms Garden Center donated 150+ beautiful Poinsettias to MOW for our meal recipients. The Poinsettias were delivered by our volunteer route drivers on Wednesday, December 22. Our meal recipients were delighted with the Poinsettias and expressed gratitude for the generosity of Farrand Farms. Meals on Wheels echoes that sentiment–thank you, Farrand Farms!


Driver Appreciation

During the week beginning December 6, 2021, we formally expressed our appreciation for our wonderful volunteer drivers with a small gift accompanied by a note reading as follows: Thank you for your commitment to Meals on Wheels and your service to the Independence community!


Financial Support Received

Independence Meals on Wheels depends on financial grants and other donations to support us in achieving our mission. As was the case in 2021, we will be funded in part by a grant from Truman Heartland Community Foundation in 2022.

The Community Foundation is committed to improving the communities in and around Eastern Jackson County through partnerships with community members and donors. We appreciate Truman Heartland’s support!



We have Partnered with the THCF to receive donations. Please click their logo below and you will be directed to their site. In the form, fill in the amount and list Meals on Wheels, Inc. as your fund.


Independence Meals on Wheels
409 N Liberty
Independence MO.

Phone: 816-254-9566
[email protected]

We have Partnered with the THCF to receive donations. Please click their logo and you will be directed to their site. In the form, fill in the amount and list Meals on Wheels, Inc. as your fund.