March is "March for Meals," a time to raise awareness of senior hunger and recognize Meals on Wheels programs all over the country. IM's Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston has grown significantly from 3,900 seniors receiving a daily weekday meal to about 4,600 over the last year. We have been able to keep serving the need because of your generous support. Thank you!
The need is continuing to grow and if things continue as they are, we could be serving as many as 5,000 clients by the end of the year. You can help us keep delivering a hot meal to as many home-bound seniors who request assistance. Every gift makes a big difference, no matter how small or large. You can easily make a donation online or mail us a contribution to 3217 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX, or respond to one of our mail pieces that many of you will be receiving this month and next.
As an added bonus, we will also participate again in the annual National Feinstein Million Dollar Challenge to fight hunger in America. Every dollar we raise during March and April goes towards our share of that million dollars.
We have quite a few activities throughout March to recognize March for Meals.
- Just yesterday, our friend Judge Ed Emmett delivered several Meals on Wheels meals to home-bound seniors in our program. Thank you, Judge Emmett for taking time to spend with our seniors and raise awareness of the importance of Meals on Wheels. You can read more about the event from KUHF here and KHOU here.
- Later this month, we will have our Spring aniMeals on Wheels Pet Food Drive on March 25-26. As we've seen an increase in Meals on Wheels clients, the need for those with pets has increased also. This month we will send out pet food to more than 430 seniors with pets. That's up more than 100 people since the beginning of this year. Both dog and cat food can be donated at any time.
- During the month of March, for every purchase you make at either Tru Meals or Diet Gourmet, a dollar will be donated to IM's Meals on Wheels program. Their goal is to raise $1,200, enough to feed one senior for an entire year.
- Lastly, on March 31, three local California Pizza Kitchen restaurants will donate 20% of every check to IM's Meals on Wheels program. To qualify, please print the flyer by clicking here and bring it with you.
Please share these promotions with others and help make this March for Meals very successful!
A THOUGHT TO PONDER
There's a burning question at play in congress: What role should government play in regard to all sorts of services that it now provides? I know of no one who believes that home-bound seniors should go unfed. I also know of no one who believes that the government can continue running a $1.5 trillion (that's right, with a "T") deficit. The core question is what is government's basic role?
What's missing, I believe, is a frank discussion on what government should do and how much it will cost. If I am right, consensus is that government needs to protect us, educate our kids, fix our roads and rebuild our infrastructure; find cures to cancer and other diseases; explore space; keep our environment safe; explore our culture; and on and on. What's missing is a consensus on how to pay for these services.
I believe that we should get only the government for which we are willing to pay. It's hard to find a consensus with 300 million people. But if you agree that government has many important roles, then you need to be willing to pay your fair share.
I can tell you this. The deficits are real. They are unsustainable. They will bankrupt our country. But a deficit of service and heart will cripple us nonetheless. We can't build our way out of deficit through cuts alone. Speaking for me, I am willing to pay my share. Are you?