MEALS ON WHEELS SAN ANTONIO BREAKS GROUND ON NEW FACILITY
Expansive distribution center to double the number of people served in the area
SAN ANTONIO (May 26, 2021) –Meals on Wheels San Antonio announced their plans for a new, larger facility and hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to illustrate the construction intentions for their future headquarters at 2718 Danbury San Antonio, TX 78217. The six-acre property will house a new space that will more than double the number of people served and allow Meals on Wheels to expand their delivery territory. During the event, Meals on Wheels and Capital Campaign Honorary Chairs, Chef Johnny Hernandez and Claudia Zapata Elliott, shared details about the Time to Deliver capital campaign and requested help to raise the funds needed for construction of the new production and distribution center.
The nonprofit saw an increase in need across South Central Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. During 2020, Meals on Wheels added over 2,450 new home delivery clients and expanded to serve eight county areas in Texas. The need for their services is projected to grow over the coming years, making the development of this new facility imperative to keep up with demand. Meals on Wheels, in partnership with Project Contro, LPA Design Studios, and Joeris will develop this property into a new campus with a 44,000-square-foot building that will continue to provide aid for the San Antonio community.
“We knew we needed to operate in a larger facility for years,” said Meals on Wheels San Antonio CEO, Vinsen Faris. “Our current facility does not have the equipment, kitchen, prep space, loading and delivery docks to sustainably serve current clients. We never want to turn clients away and our goal is to reach as many clients in need as possible. This campaign and groundbreaking ceremony is a step forward towards achieving that.”
The estimated cost for the project is $18.9M to construct a facility that will have an optimized kitchen with plenty of both cold and dry storage, an efficient food preparation space, a dedicated volunteer training and waiting area, and an expanded Grace Place Alzheimer’s Activity Center.
“Although this year continues to be challenging, we are working on the future,” said Meals on Wheels Time to Deliver Honorary Campaign Co-Chair, Chef Johnny Hernandez. “We have been working alongside Meals on Wheels through the pandemic to help feed seniors in our community and this new facility will allow them to further their reach and help those in need.”
The fundraising goal for the capital campaign is $12 million. Anyone who would like to donate towards the development of Meals on Wheels’ new home can donate online at www.mowsatx.org/timetodeliver, or mail a gift to Meals on Wheels San Antonio, 4306 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229.
About Meals on Wheels San Antonio
Meals on Wheels San Antonio was established in 1977, in conjunction with Grace Place Alzheimer’s Activity Centers. Through public-private partnerships, Meals on Wheels San Antonio volunteers and staff visit approximately 4,300 clients' homes in Bexar and surrounding counties twice a week. In 2020, 1,130,108 nutritious meals were delivered in our community. Through a variety of services, Meals on Wheels supports at-risk, isolated clients by providing them nourishment, independence and care that enables them to stay safe and comfortable in their own homes. For more information, visit mowsatx.org or follow them on Facebook at @mowsa, or Instagram and Twitter at @mowsatx.