Over 122 veterans are on Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program, and the number is growing daily.
“The VA does so much for our veterans of World War II and Korea, but one thing they are not able to do is provide home delivered meals or food, that is one thing they depend on organizations like Fort Bend Seniors for.
According to Arroyos, homebound and disabled veterans are hungry, and if it was not for the Meals on Wheels program, their future would be in jeopardy.
“It is our turn to give back to the veterans in our community, it is our turn to let them know they have not been forgotten, and it is our honor and our privilege to serve these men and women. Yet, we are asking the community to join us,” Arroyos said.
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels is asking those in the community and organizations to embrace one veteran, and assist in helping the organization provide meals through the end of the year, by providing the funds. Each hot, nutritious meal delivered to each veterans is $5.49 per meal, per day.
“If an organization or individuals embraced one veteran for one month it would be $164. 70, for two months, $329.40, and for three months $494.10 and for four months it would be $658.80,” Arroyos said.
It is not just about the meals, it is so much more. When veterans, like the other senior citizens on the program, receive meals, they have someone checking on them every day. The 575 volunteers who deliver the meals to the veterans take a moment to talk with them, do a task such as read a prescription label, or change a light bulb.
For these older adults, this means so much, especially for those who live alone. The visit alone, breaks up their day, lifts their spirits, but most of all it lets them know they have not been forgotten.
For more information, please visit the website for on-line donations, or more information, www.fortbendseniors.org or call 281-633-7052.