The numbers are startling: more than 4,500 seniors daily rely on Meals on Wheels program in the Greater Houston area for nutritious meals but also human contact.
Despite the booming Houston area economy the number in need is growing daily. Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston says their program currently has a waiting list of more than 700 additional seniors.
The Federal sequestration has meant a reduction in their funding at a time when they are seeing a record demand for their services.
To raise awareness of the issue Houston Mayor Annise Parker loaded up in a Meals on Wheels truck and went door to door to deliver a hot and nutritious meal to Houstonians Seniors in need.
Luroine Gardner, who will be 97 next month says the food is good and she enjoys visiting with the volunteers from Meals on Wheels. She says she only gets out of the house once a week to go to church so the daily visits are enjoyable.
Mayor Annise Parker says the service does way more than just provide nutritional meals to home bound seniors. "It is about making sure our seniors have enough nutritious food but it's also a life line and a social connection," says Mayor Parker.
Mayor Parker says thousands of Houstonians are in the same situation, "Meals on Wheels needs donations and Meals on Wheels need volunteers." Mayor Parker added " we, also want to make sure we leave nobody behind that needs our services."
If you would like to volunteer a day or two you can get more information you can check out the website of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.