Meals on Wheels gives a helping hand to senior citizens

Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 07:37:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some senior citizens are being lent a helping hand while receiving Meals on Wheels this week.

Victor Betancourt, owner of V Fit Productions, a non-profit that provides free fitness and health services to kids, wanted to find a way to help the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said he brainstormed and reached out to City Manager Peter Zanoni.

After brainstorming more, they decided to create hygiene packs that could be delivered through the City of Corpus Christi’s Meals on Wheels program.

With help from H-E-B, The South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, and Butler Rentals, staff were able to get hygiene products donated.

Packs with shampoo, soap and toilet paper will be sent to all 800 seniors that are within the Meals on Wheels program.

“Because you know by the time they get to the grocery store, they're not going to have those daily items that they use. Whether it be food, groceries, cleaning supplies, anything,” Victor Betancourt said.

“This is to let our seniors know that are out there, that are already in the program, that we're still coming, and the ones that need to be in our program, I'm glad we found you, and we're coming,” City’s Parks and Recreation Director, Jermel Stevenson said.

All entities hope to continue receiving donations to give to the elderly during this time.

The rest of these packs will be delivered to seniors by the end of today.

If you know of a senior who may meet the Meals on Wheels requirements, they can go here.