Saying church members don’t want to see the Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels close from lack of funds, a pastor presented the organization with $1,070 Wednesday on behalf of the church.

Ron Keener, pastor of North Lake Community Church, said the amount was raised over four Sundays of giving by the 175-member church.

Keener, accompanied by church member Lana Carpenter, presented the check to Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels representatives Bonnie Sides and Sara Miller at the Bulletin.

North Lake Community Church also gives the Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels $100 a month on a regular basis, Keener said.

The check represents slightly more than a month of expenses for the organization, which delivers meals to 24 people on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Miller said.

She said meals are picked up at Brownwood Regional Medical Center and driven to Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where they are divided among two routes.

The organization receives funding from donations, and a few recipients pay for their meals, Miller said. Most don’t.

“We did this in light of our concern over the other Meals on Wheels ministry here in Brownwood and Early,” Keener said, referring to the organization that quit operating in June.

“We didn’t want that to happen to our area Meals on Wheels so we decided to step up as a church and make sure there were no financial issues for the Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels.”

Miller said the church’s donation is “very significant. This time last year we almost had to quit because we didn’t have the funds. We’ve been going since 2001 and we don’t want to stop. There are people in need.”

Miller said the organization still needs donations. “It’s not going to go away, that need,” she said.