September is Hunger Action Month! Meals For The Elderly, along with our amazing volunteers, are doing our part every weekday to take action against senior hunger in our community.
Currently, more than 500 homebound elderly neighbors receive hot lunches from our program each weekday. Along with the hot lunches, our program sends caring volunteers to our clients’ doorsteps each weekday to make sure they are doing well and to see if they need anything else that we can help with.
Our clients and their families receive peace of mind in knowing that there will be someone to check on them each day. Many of our clients tell us they enjoy the friendly visits from the volunteers as much as they do the nutritious meals. For those who are truly homebound, our volunteers may be the only people the clients see all day. Our volunteers not only deliver life-sustaining food, but smiles and friendship as well.
It is our goal to enable the elderly to live independently, in their own homes, for as long as possible. Our clients are typically over sixty years of age, live alone, and are unable to prepare their own meals.
Meals For The Elderly is a private, non-profit charitable organization devoted to serving the homebound elderly of San Angelo, Texas and surrounding areas with one hot, nutritious, home-delivered meal each weekday while also ensuring their individual well-being through personal contact.
In addition to the normal weekday meal, we send a sack lunch on Friday of each week to assist the clients in getting through the weekend and we send frozen breakfast items for the week each Monday. Frozen lunches are also provided to clients who rely solely on Meals For The Elderly for their meals.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in taking action to combat hunger. Our clients are divided into 33 routes throughout the city, and at least 200 volunteers are utilized each week. Drivers are asked to pick up meals from the Meals For The Elderly office around 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and nearly all meals are delivered by noon each weekday. For more information on what you could do to help Meals For The Elderly, please visit http://www.mealsfortheelderly.org or call Meals For The Elderly at 325-655-9200.
From its beginning in 1974, Meals For The Elderly has provided meals for the homebound elderly without government funding or becoming a United Way agency. As an independent organization, Meals For The Elderly maintains an operating cost of less than $3 per meal. Meals For The Elderly is funded by gifts, grants, donations, and fundraisers that enable us to deliver meals to community members who might otherwise go hungry.
Our program is just one of many wonderful programs in and around San Angelo taking action against hunger. If you are interested in becoming involved with this mission, you could volunteer with our program, or check with another program, such as Wesley Daily Bread Soup Kitchen or the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank. Because San Angelo is such a caring community, we all work together to ensure that our neighbors and fellow citizens do not go hungry.