HOUSTON (May 25, 2021) – After a devastating winter storm and during a year marked by the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) is carrying out its annual Operation IMpact project. Operation IMpact prepares close to 5,000 homebound seniors in advance of hurricane season by supplying them with a week’s worth of shelf-stable food to use in case a storm disrupts their Meals on Wheels deliveries.

“This year and last year were challenging for our seniors due to the pandemic and then Winter Storm Uri,” explained Interfaith Ministries President and CEO Martin B. Cominsky. “We have made sure to keep our seniors supplied with emergency food, and now it’s time to replenish that supply for hurricane season.”

This year’s Operation IMpact is made possible thanks to generous community support, in particular from our presenting sponsor Reliant and our Harris County sponsor Energy Transfer. The Harris County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to be a strategic partner in providing emergency meals and information to homebound seniors each year.

“We live in a community whose commitment to vulnerable residents is stronger than any hurricane. Every weekday morning, volunteers from across our region come together to organize and deliver meals to thousands of homebound seniors. But when a disaster hits our area, those routes can be disrupted like everything else,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Operation IMpact bridges the gap during a critical time period, making sure no one goes hungry just because the roads are flooded.”

“One thing is certain in Houston, and that’s unpredictable weather. As we head into hurricane season, we want to keep our seniors safe so it’s vital they have access to shelf-stable food in the event of an emergency,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “For years, Reliant has been honored to partner with Interfaith Ministries to deliver hurricane meals to local seniors.”

For more information on Operation IMPact or to make a donation visit www.imgh.org/donate/impact21/.