Meals On Wheels sets fundraiser after having ‘major’ funding cut

Published on Thursday, 7 August 2014 22:51 - Written by Staff Reports

Because of major funding cuts, Meals On Wheels of Palestine Inc. has scheduled a fundraising event. Titled “Keep the Wheels Turning,” it will be a dinner theater Sept 13 in the auditorium of the Meals On Wheels building, 200 N. Church St., in Palestine.

The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a wine and cheese social in the foyer, followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and entertainment at 7:45 p.m. by the Palestine Community Theater Players.

There also will be a silent auction from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Items may be donated to the auction by calling 903-729-6344.

Meals On Wheels of Palestine delivers an average of 825 meals daily, five days per week, 251 days per year in Frankston, Jacksonville, and Henderson in a specially built, heated and cooled truck from the central kitchen in Palestine.

For several years now, Meals On Wheels has had funding allocations cut by the Federal Government under the Title III contract. Funding for the 2014-2015 contract year for 16,000 home delivered meals under the Title XX State and Federal Program has also been cut.

The losses in funding could amount to $104,640, according to a news release.

Tickets to the fundraising event are $30. They may be purchased at the Palestine Senior Center, 200 N. Church St., or from Meals on Wheels board members Rhonda Herrington, John Goodman, Barbara McGuire, Bob Beck, Jane Kenderdine, Tome Nell Gregg, Klaus Kuehl, Sharon Grizzle, Brenda Walker, Brett Weisenburn, Linda Walton, Fred Ernest, Carolyn Riley, Robb Stewart and Kitty McComas.