HOUSTON – For the 30th year, the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Houston Health Department, will deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to homebound older adults through its Houston Meals for the Elderly (HoME) project.
In addition to Thanksgiving meals, the agency funds several local organizations to provide home delivered meals throughout the year. Many of these programs are commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels.
“We facilitate more than a million home delivered meals in the Houston area annually, but Thanksgiving is particularly rewarding,” said Deborah Moore, assistant director of human services for the Houston Health Department. “While appreciative of the delicious meal, these older adults also really look forward to the visit on Thanksgiving morning.”
The agency delivered 3,000 meals last Thanksgiving and has a goal of 4,000 for its 30th anniversary. The meals will be delivered from ten sites across Harris County.
Individuals eligible to receive a Thanksgiving meal must be 60 or older, live in Harris County and be unable to prepare a hot meal. Spouses and disabled persons living with eligible participates may also receive a Thanksgiving meal. Pre-registration is required by November 16 by calling the Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301.
“We are very fortunate to work with wonderful local organizations to provide home delivered meals throughout the year,” Moore continued. “We are often asked how people can help and the best way is to make a financial donation to the Area Agency on Aging.”
Tax-deducible donations may be online at via the Houston Health Foundation at houstonhealthfoundation.org. Donations may also be mailed to:
Houston Meals for the Elderly
Houston Health Dept. – Area Agency on Aging
8000 North Stadium Drive, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77054
To learn more about the Area Agency on Aging services, call 832-393-4301.