Posted on Jul 18, 2019

 

Like many caring and service-minded volunteers in the community do every weekday, Mineral Wells Rotarians on Fridays deliver meals to homebound seniors and individuals. On Wednesday, Rotarians were able to hear more about Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County through its Executive Director Christie Rucker.

 

Rucker became the agency's director earlier this year and has been working on making gradual changes and improvements, especially in the variety of meals prepared at Palo Pinto General Hospital, packaged and delivered to the agency's offices at 1410 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, typically ready for deliveries no later than 11 a.m.

 

She said Meals on Wheels serves around 48,000 homebound and congregate meals annually, with a client list ranging from 200 to 300 people in Mineral Wells, Graford, Gordon, Mingus, Strawn and Possum Kingdom Lake. Not only are hot and freshly made meals delivered midday Mondays through Fridays in Mineral Wells, but twice a month rural clients in the county receive frozen meals. Some clients can qualify for meals delivery seven days a week.

 

Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County operates under guidelines set forth by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability services. Clients served must be at least 60 years old, homebound and generally unable to cook for themselves. Disabled individuals between the ages of 18-59 can also qualify for meals delivery. To refer a client, call the agency's office at 940-325-7919.

 

Daily meals include an entrée, side dish, milk or juice, bread and a dessert. The meals are low in sodium and sugar, and meet one-third of an older person's daily nutritional requirements.

 

Rucker said there are a number of ways people and organizations in the community can help – the agency is always in need of delivery volunteers. Helping with fundraising and packing meals are other welcome ways to get involved with this important service.

 

For more information, go by the office or call the number above, or visit https://www.mealsonwheelsofppc.org.

 

Rotary Club of Mineral Wells meets every Wednesday at noon at Palo Pinto General Hospital for lunch, networking, updates on club news and events and a program of interest. Meetings are members, invited guests and prospective members. For information on becoming a Rotarian, speak to a member and tour our website.