Local contributions needed to help support Meals on Wheels

Updated: Jan. 16, 2017 at 6:32 PM CST
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Meals on Wheels (Source: KTRE)
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Meals on Wheels organization said January can be tough for many following the holiday season. Donations to this organization have dipped recently, putting many at risk.

The Angelina County Senior Citizen Center said they are stretched thin on serving hot lunches - even after getting funding from agencies. They emphasized the need for local contributions on Monday. 

"Sometimes they (the senior citizens) eat once a day. Unless they have something in the microwave," said Kellie Harrison with  the Meals on Wheels program.

Delivering hot meals to senior citizens is getting tougher, especially when faced with limiting resources.

The senior center makes 800 meals every day, but now, more seniors are being placed on the waiting list.

"We have a waiting list that's over a 100 people right now because we don't have the funding," Harrison said.

Jimmie Burnett drives around town delivering meals. He sees first-hand better than some the challenging conditions the seniors live in.

"You know a lot of them have roaches and all kinds of stuff in their houses. Not everybody. But a lot do," Burnett said.

Burnett said sometimes it's just hard to cook hot, nutritious meals and encourages donations from the community.

"They can't afford anything better. That's one reason I enjoy delivering meals because it helps people," Burnett said.

To make a contribution or volunteer your time please call (936) 634-4179.

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