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As Senior Population Increases, So Does Demand For Meals

New Meals and Wheels Distribution Center opens to help growing senior population.

Interfaith Ministries’ signature program, Meals on Wheels, provides one hot healthy meal each day for more than 4,500 home-bound senior citizens in the Houston area.

A 14,000 square foot Meals on Wheels Distribution Center was officially opened in Midtown.

Campaign Chair Bill King says the new center will be able to meet the needs of a growing senior citizen population.

“So the board and staff decided to step out, and to build a building that would allow us to go all the way to 10,000 seniors a day being served, and that’s what this facility will do.”

The new building facilitates the operation that was handled at two locations, an office on Montrose and an overcrowded warehouse on Highway 59.

Clyde Sample is shipping clerk.

“We can accompany more product. We can get a lot more done. We have great access to all the freeways now and a good location. We also have aniMeals and that’s a great thing too for the seniors. I think it’s gonna really work out in the years to come.”

Outside, volunteers were busy loading up their vehicles with meals. Program coordinator Henry Hammond says the new building will help them arrive at their destination sooner.

“It’s going to make a big difference and first of all, we’ve got plenty of space to work out of, compared to where come from. Plus, we’ve got more space to be able to have inventory so when we need it, we don’t have to wait on it. So uh, it’s a great thing.”

The new center now has the capacity to better prepare and send out meals to seniors every day.

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