Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

August 19, 2012

Facing cutbacks, Meals on Wheels seeks donations

Special to the Index

It’s good to feel needed, but it’s not a good situation right now for Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County.

Throughout the county, Meals on Wheels provides life-sustaining meals to seniors who are home-bound and unable to prepare meals. Through countless meals and miles, they strive to maintain a No Waiting List policy.

“Our goal is to feed every hungry senior in Palo Pinto County that needs us, without interruption or delay,” said Meals on Wheels Executive Director Misty Clark. “But in order for us to remain successful in our mission, we need the community to rally together to ensure that no senior goes hungry.”

Economic slowdowns can be tough for everyone, but especially harsh for seniors living on fixed incomes. Our elderly neighbors also feel the effects of trends such as longer life spans with added health costs and declining benefits, or the increased family mobility that leaves some older people on their own but unable to care for themselves.

Some who receive a hot, nutritious lunch delivered by a friendly volunteer say they don’t know what they would do without the Meals on Wheels program.

“I would be hungry a lot,” said Mrs. Reed, a client. “It takes me an hour just to fix an egg, a piece of toast and a cup of coffee, then it’s cold.”

Another client, Mrs. Nelson worries that, “I would be forced to try and fix my own meals; I get dizzy and I am afraid I will fall while cooking on the gas stove and no one would be here to help me.”

Where once Meals on Wheels deliveries were used to supplement senior nutrition, they now often serve as a client’s chief source of food.

Meals On Wheels nationally has reduced the number of meals provided to those in need. Until now, Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County has avoided a reduction in service, but has operated under a budget deficient.

“With decreasing funding, growing need and rising costs, we just don’t have the capacity to serve the demand,” said Peggy Harvey, president of the MOWPPC board of directors. “Without a dramatic upswing in local donations, Meals on Wheels will be forced to cut services. The loss of these meals could be the last straw for many seniors trying to stay in their own homes. Rather than taking this drastic step, Meals on Wheels is looking to the local community to help feed their elderly neighbors.”

 Meals on Wheels is asking for the community’s help. Every five dollars donated will provide a meal for someone who might otherwise be forced on a waiting list to receive services. Donations may be mailed to Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County at 1410 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067 or visit www.mowppc.com to donate via Paypal. If able, consider pledging a monthly gift and subscribe to automatic payments through Paypal.

“Friends like you are the only way we have survived difficult times before and we are confident that your help will allow us to continue serving our highly vulnerable homebound seniors,” said Clark.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Jordan Paredes Weatherford teen dies following wreck near Brock

    WEATHERFORD -- A 16-year-old Weatherford teen injured in a single-vehicle wreck near Brock last week died Tuesday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. 

    Jordan Paredes, reported by relatives to be in a coma following the wreck, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. in the trauma intensive care unit, the medical examiner reported. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4680.jpg Perrin FFA members attend Texas FFA convention in FW

    Members from the Perrin FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • shoplift2.jpg Buffalo killer, store shoplifter targets of police, Crime Stoppers this week

    Police are seeking leads on the death of a Mineral Wells man’s pet buffalo.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck near Brock

    BROCK – Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • 0727 loc pet Molly.jpg PET OF THE WEEK: Molly left behind

    Molly is a 5-6 year old Dachshund. Molly’s previous owners had to let her go when they moved and found out that they would be unable to keep her as a pet, so they brought her into the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. Molly is the sweetest little dog you’ve ever seen.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament is Saturday at Canyon West

    Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament hosted by The MWHS 50 Year Club is Saturday, July 26, at Canyon West Golf Club, 160 Canyon Road, Weatherford, TX 76087.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kitchen Boot Camp for kids

    PALO PINTO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Palo Pinto County will be hosting day camps with a focus on food and fun.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0727 loc Blue heeler.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Brighten Blue's day

    Sweet Blue is a 9-month-old female catahoula/red heeler mix. She is a laid back and quiet, a medium-sized girl searching for her forever home.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • USDA processes 106,000 payments to farmers for grazing, livestock losses

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

    July 24, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Hudson Oaks firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    HUDSON OAKS – A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read