2017-05-18 / Front Page

Program has only eight clients

Meals on Wheels workers believe more need exists in Port Aransas
Dan Parker
News editor


Volunteer Sue Miles prepares to drive a load of meals from the Family Center IGA, where the meals were prepared, to the homes of clients of the Meals on Wheels program in Port Aransas on Friday, May 12. 
Staff photo by Dan Parker Volunteer Sue Miles prepares to drive a load of meals from the Family Center IGA, where the meals were prepared, to the homes of clients of the Meals on Wheels program in Port Aransas on Friday, May 12. Staff photo by Dan Parker Only eight Port Aransas clients currently receive help from Meals on Wheels, the free service that delivers a hot lunch almost every day to folks in need.

People who help run the assistance program say they suspect more folks could benefit from the program, but haven’t enrolled, possibly because they simply don’t realize it’s available.

Meals on Wheels is run by the Area Agency on Aging office in Robstown, with several Port Aransas folks helping here in town.

The program is meant for people 65 and over who might have health problems that prevent them from preparing their own meals as much as they’d like, said Francisca Nixon, executive administrative assistant at Port Aransas City Hall.

These folks also sometimes have physical limitations that make it hard for them to get out much. And they often have no friends or family looking in on them, said Nixon, who helps run the program in Port Aransas.

The program is not only a way to get meals to folks in need; it also serves as a way someone can look in on people to make sure they’re doing all right and haven’t gotten themselves in some sort of bind, such as by falling, Nixon said.

Meals on Wheels, she said, “makes a huge difference” in people’s lives. “Not only are they getting a meal, but they also are getting contact with someone else. They get to see another person that day.”

Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. No deliveries are made on weekends, but Community Presbyterian Church provides goody bags with snacks inside each Friday, to help the folks get through the weekend, Nixon said.

Meals served during the week are prepared at the Family Center IGA deli.

Volunteers and city staffers like Nixon deliver the meals. Michele Lorette is one of the volunteers.

“I do feel it’s a worthwhile program,” Lorette said. “You’re not only delivering meals, you’re delivering a little contact and friendship to the people you serve. That’s what I like and why I keep doing it.”

Anyone who’s interested in enrolling in Meals on Wheels should contact Nixon or Dana Lown, a receptionist at City Hall who also helps run the program. The phone number at City Hall is (361) 749-4111. Nixon and Lown will help the folks fill out applications to become enrolled.

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