HOUSTON (March 10, 2016) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) is hosting a aniMeals on Wheels pet food drive March 17-19 to help meet the growing need to feed seniors’ dogs and cats.

Dog and cat food can be dropped off at the W. T. & Louis J. Moran Meals on Wheels Building, 3202 San Jacinto, from;

  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, and, Friday, March 18
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday March 19.

The aniMeals on Wheels program was founded so that homebound seniors on the Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program would not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their pets.

“We had a senior in Galveston who became emotional when she got her first dog food delivery this past December,” said Warren Wenner, director for Meals on Wheels. “She told the driver ‘now I can finally eat my lunch.’

Wenner said many seniors view their pets as their most important companion and for some “it’s the reason they get out of bed in the morning,” Wenner said.

Currently more than 570 seniors, and 1,200 pets, are enrolled in the aniMeals program, requiring more than 96,000 pounds of donated pet food each year.

Wenner said the public has been “wonderfully responsive” to the need for food, but with the growing demand, it’s a continuing challenge keeping the shelves stocked.

For more information, contact Heather Mann at 713-533-4936 or hmann@imgh.org.

A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. IM provides four main services including Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than one million meals each year to seniors in Harris county; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of refugees in Houston each year; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR) which facilitates communication on behalf of Houston’s faith communities during relief and recovery efforts and; Interfaith Relations which provides a safe harbor for greater Houston through its many interfaith programs and dialogue efforts. More information can be found at www.imgh.org.