Friday, May 22, 2020

Editorial: From Meals on Wheels, food and grace

By Express-News Editorial Board

This is a story about hunger and isolation, and those who heroically try to fill stomachs and hearts. Like many such stories in San Antonio during this pandemic, it begins with a vehicle line on a recent sun-drenched morning.

It wasn’t anything startling. There were no jarring aerial photos to encapsulate food insecurity in San Antonio, the nation’s poorest big city. Just two lines of vehicles curling around the parking lot at Grace Place Alzheimer’s Center, on the Northwest Side, slowly being loaded with meals.

The food...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Volunteer Fan Out to Deliver Meals to City's Most Vulnerable By Shari Biediger

Rather than distribute food to its 47 pickup points – such as churches and community centers – as it normally does, the Meals on Wheels organization last week centralized its distribution of meals to its headquarters located on the Northwest Side.   “This is so different from what we normally do,” said Vinsen Faris, CEO of Meals on Wheels San Antonio. “Because we were losing so many corporate team volunteers … [and] a lot of the pickup points closed down, we pulled all of the meals back so they can be picked up from here.”   Meals on Wheels also revised...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Here are the organizations Valero is supporting during the coronavirus pandemicBy Jessica Corso

Among them is the San Antonio Blood and Tissue Center, which will receive $100,000 from Valero to help purchase equipment like beds and machinery to be set up at the central collection points SABTC is currently operating.

Blood banks across the country have seen supply dry up as drives are cancelled and donors fear coming in contact with anyone infected with coronavirus. The central location points — this week SABTC is collecting blood at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium — are bigger spaces that allow for proper social...

Monday, March 23, 2020

A letter from our CEO regarding Meals on Wheels continued operation during "Stay Home, Work Safe" emergency order:

March 23, 2020

Dear Meals on Wheels San Antonio friends and family,   Today Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued tighter restrictions for residents and businesses in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Meals on Wheels San Antonio remains an essential service to the 5,000 homebound senior clients we serve every year and that we remain exempt from this ban. With your help, we doing everything we can to safely provide nutrition to our at-risk senior neighbors.    This week our team consolidated delivery routes, reduced...
Saturday, March 21, 2020

A letter from our CEO regarding changes to volunteer meal delivery:

March 20, 2020

Dear Meals on Wheels San Antonio friends and family,   We are working hard everyday to meet the needs of the community and continuously adjusting our operations for the safety and health of our clients, volunteers, and staff.   For our Volunteers Starting Monday, March 23 and carrying on indefinitely, meal delivery routes will pick up from our headquarters at 4306 NW Loop 410, 78229.    From 10am – 11am we will have volunteers come through a drive-through pick-up line to gather meals. For the safety of our clients, all volunteers will have...