HOUSTON (March 12, 2020)Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) delivers emergency, shelf-stable meals to more than 4,300 Meals on Wheels seniors each year in preparation for hurricane season. This project, called Operation IMpact, ensures that area seniors have access to food in case a storm keeps Interfaith Ministries’ drivers from making their regular Meals on Wheels deliveries.

Operation IMpact usually occurs in May or June, but Interfaith Ministries will be making the deliveries in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All of its 4,300+ seniors will receive the emergency food this month, in case the virus impacts Meals on Wheels deliveries. The food supply may also be used during hurricane season if needed.

Moving up the dates of the massive distribution has resulted in significant increased costs. Interfaith Ministries is grateful to the project’s lead sponsors thus far: an anonymous foundation, Kroger, Comerica Bank, Greater Texas Credit Union, and Moody Bank.

Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 by generous friends of Interfaith Ministries, Asha and Farid Virani. They were inspired to do this by the memory of their son Faris, who passed away of Ewing sarcoma at the age of nine. Faris loved his grandmother, and would have wanted all the grandmas and grandpas in Houston – Meals on Wheels seniors – to be cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Donations to this critical project may be made at https://www.imgh.org/events/operation-impact/.