Among the overlooked crises caused by COVID-19 is how many people do not have enough food to eat. An inconceivable 50 million Americans are now food-insecure. Too many people are struggling.
This has been a serious problem for many years. Texas had the fourth highest number of elderly people who went to bed hungry each night — and that was before the virus hit. Now that number is twice as high.
We have seen the heart-breaking articles about the enormous lines of people getting food from local food banks. Our recent giveaways were national stories.
And to make matters worse, food banks are about to be crippled when federal programs stop soon, at the worst possible time as the coronavirus surges out of control.
COVID-19 particularly affects our elderly and minority citizens. This has forced many people to shelter in place, often in nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have been decimated by the virus. The Thanksgiving and now Christmas holidays must be especially lonely periods for many of them.
Mr. Berenson just made another large gift to Meals on Wheels, his fifth contribution this year to a local food bank.
For almost 50 years, its small army of volunteers has provided vital services to our senior citizens. They deliver an incredible 900,000 nutritious meals each year, make wellness and safety checks, and monitor diets and medications.
Bravo to the people who take the time and risk their health to minister to the hungry. At this time of year, they are Santa’s elves. The delivery person is sometimes the only contact the person has with the outside world.
This photograph was taken at this time last year as Mr. Berenson delivered food and he plans to do this again before Christmas.
This was his firm’s 10th donation this year to a non-profit organization.
And on Friday, he is sponsoring another luncheon to thank the teachers and staff at the school he adopted many years ago.
Over the past 40 years, Bill Berenson has been proud to support many other organizations.
He enjoys supporting the wonderful Fort Worth community where he has lived and practiced law for over 40 years.
We hope that you and your family are celebrating the holiday season and are staying safe.