Building Forward: Meals on Wheels
When discussing the dramatic efforts of Interfaith Ministries’ (IM) Meals on Wheels program following Hurricane Harvey, Shaukat Zakaria explains that the sheer number of volunteers allowed the organization to augment its services during the crisis and provide an important life line to many seniors and disabled veterans. Zakaria is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and serves on the Board of the Planning Commission of City of Houston.
Meals on Wheels serves more than 4,200 seniors, disabled and veteran clients in the greater Houston area home-delivered meals daily. During the storm and its immediate aftermath, Meals on Wheels partnered with the National Guard to be able to continue to provide and expand its services. The staff organized more than 10,000 volunteers and set up a volunteer center where people from all over the city could offer their time to organizations throughout the region.