In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Meals on Wheels expanded its services into Galveston County. In an area where wind and flood damage decimated homes and businesses, much like Houston, Meals on Wheels Galveston County (MOWGC) was born, serving hot lunches Monday through Friday to area seniors.

Despite losing its offices to flooding, MOWGC relied on dedicated staff, volunteers, partners and donors, as well as the staff from Meals on Wheels Houston and Galveston County Seniors Services, to ensure that clients never missed a meal.

For four weeks after the storm, MOWGC also delivered 7-day breakfast meals to clients, as many are homebound seniors and veterans who had no access to food.

In hardly any time at all, Galveston County’s AgriLife Department in La Marque offered MOWGC an office where new partnerships began to form with Galveston County staff, United Way Galveston County Mainland, Galveston County Food Bank and Air1 Radio (103.7 FM).

Today, the MOWGC program is growing, recently adding 15 percent more clients for a current total of 285. The waitlist of potential clients has dropped by 53 percent, and those that remain serve as a clear opportunity for additional growth.

Volunteers are sorely needed to supplement MOWGC’s staff drivers so that additional clients and routes can be added.

Volunteering for MOWGC means much more than delivering meals. Drivers often call their clients and perform wellness checks to make sure there are no unmet needs. Through the all-volunteer aniMeals on Wheels program, the pets of Meals on Wheels seniors are given food so that no one goes hungry. Seniors also receive special birthday cards and winter storm meals for times when inclement weather can affect meal deliveries. Furthermore, MOWGC has increased services by 25 percent to its most vulnerable clients by providing daily breakfast meals and weekend lunches.

Galveston County residents have already provided more than 120 donations exceeding $8,000! We look forward to increasing the bond between our program and our new neighbors. Growing awareness of Meals on Wheels and building relationships in the community are crucial steps to make our program a success.

To donate or volunteer, please visit www.imgh.org/MOWGC.