LAKE BROWNWOOD — The Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels program has been delivering meals to elderly and other clients in the Lake Brownwood area for 17 1/2 years, but the program is in danger of ending if it does not receive more donations.
The program has enough funds to operate through the end of September, but additional funds are needed if it is to continue beyond that date, Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels secretary/treasurer Sharon Horine said.
The group delivers lunches Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to 22 clients and is based out of Rocky Creek Baptist Church, Horine said. She said it takes $950 to $1,000 a month to operate.
The organization, which operates totally on donations and receives no government funds, also needs more volunteers, Horine said. There are currently four volunteers who deliver on the south side of the lake and another six volunteers from North Lake Community Church who deliver to the north side.
Volunteers drive to Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where they pick up the meals, and take them back to Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where they are distributed to drivers, Horine said.
The full cost of a meal is $3.81, but the volunteers don’t turn anyone away who can pay only part of the cost or even none of it, she said. Only one of the 22 clients currently is able to pay the full price. “We just don’t want to turn anybody away,” she said.
Most of the clients are elderly but there are also some younger clients with medical issues or disabilities, Horine said.
The meal deliveries also represent a chance to check up on clients who might not have any relatives close by, she said. Horine recalled a time when a volunteer drove up to a client’s home and found that the client had fallen out of her wheelchair, with the wheelchair on top of her.
Horine said donations can be sent to Rocky Creek Baptist Church or to her home at 9275 FM 585. Hornine said any who wants more information or wants to volunteer can call her at 784-5664 or organizer/coordinator Bonnie Sides at 784-7475.