INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON – ANIMEALS ON WHEELS
What Is It?: An Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston program that delivers pet food to the disabled adults and homebound elderly clients that Meals on Wheels serves, so they do not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their pets.
Help Needed: Collect, organize, or repackage pet food donations, or deliver pet food to needy homebound seniors.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 17 to volunteer independently. Children aged 6-16 may volunteer with parental supervision on-site (at the IM offices); no minimum age to volunteer with a parent off-site. Youth under the age of 17 must have a parental consent form signed by an adult who has attended orientation and additional trainings. Volunteers aged 17 years or older must attend orientation.
ORGANIZE AND REPACKAGE PET FOOD
Groups of volunteers (10 or more) can sign up to help inventory donations, repack donated pet food for delivery to Meals on Wheels clients, and/or help organize the pet food room. 2 hour shifts.
Once a month, 200 volunteers deliver 9,000 pounds of pet food, along with pet treats, to the approximately 500 homebound seniors who are currently signed up for this service.
“aniMeals on Wheels routes typically have 4-6 stops that are located close together. Currently, there are routes throughout our entire service area, including Harris County and Galveston County. Volunteers are assigned to routes as they become available. We cannot guarantee that a route will always be available in your preferred neighborhood but we work with each volunteer to find a route with which they are comfortable.”
COLLECT AND DONATE PET FOOD
AniMeals welcomes donations of dog and cat food (both wet and dry), as well as treats, toys, cat litter, and pet beds. Wet food is especially appreciated as it is donated less frequently, but helpful to older animals with weaker teeth.
Pet food donations are accepted year round Monday – Friday from 10 AM–4 PM.
Volunteers are also needed to drive to help collect donations from Houston businesses, churches, and other organizations.
Volunteers are needed to represent aniMeals on Wheels at tables at festivals and other community events. Responsibilities include passing out information and telling people about volunteer opportunities.
Episcopal High School volunteers
Ann and Kity, aniMeals clients
CenterPoint Energy delivering donations, 2016
Unloading donations from Jaylyn's pet supplies drive, 2017
Donations from ABC Animal and Bird Clinic, 2017
CenterPoint Energy volunteers, 2017
Alley Theatre performance benefiting aniMeals, 2016
Gimme a Bark in Friendswood held a food drive for aniMeals, 2016
Jewel and Lily, aniMeals clients
Delivering pet toys made by Kinkaid School Organization for Community Development
Loading a pickup donated by River Oaks Chrysler Dodge, 2017
Tejas Chapter of the DAR delivering donations, 2016
Shelves in storage area, showing dwindling supplies, 2016
Telemundo interview about aniMeals, 2016
Delivering donations from Apache Corporation, 2017
Wellness Fair, Galveston
UH Public Relations class project resulted in donation of 600 lbs. of food, 2016
Jaylyn collected one ton of food and supplies, 2017
Lakewood Church volunteer