Employees at Joshua Self Storage Solutions in Joshua, Texas, who for the past year have volunteered their time to support the local Meals on Wheels program, recently expanded their efforts to include Ani-Meals, which provides food to cats and dogs in need. They now deliver provisions to people and their pets in Johnson and Ellis counties one day each month.
“We're excited to expand this service to the community,” said Whitney Patterson, director of development for the local Meals on Wheels. “We noticed that some of our clients were sharing part of their meals with their pets, so we know that this is a real need for clients with companion animals.”
“It went wonderfully,” added Joseph Sidawi, manager at Joshua Self Storage Solutions. “We've been involved with Meals on Wheels for about a year now, and we believe in their program. We're all animal lovers here, and we've met people and their animals through deliveries before. It was really nice to be able to help the whole family.”
Meals on Wheels has partnered with Joshua Animal Control, which stores the pet food at its facility and assists with pet-food donations. Joshua Self Storage Solutions employees deliver meals on the first Monday of each month.
The Ani-Meals program has been part of the local Meals-on-Wheels services since 2009, with the group expanding it to communities each year. Joshua is the eighth community to receive the service in Johnson and Ellis counties, Patterson said.
The Meals on Wheels serving Johnson and Ellis counties provides homebound elderly and disabled people in need with home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families.
Joshua Self Storage Solutions has served the Joshua community since 2003. The family-owned facility offers 300 storage units, gate-coded access and 21 surveillance cameras for added security.