In a time of widespread state and federal budget cuts, one Ark-La-Tex non-profit is feeling the pinch. Caddo Council on Aging Executive Director Mary Alice Rountree says "Meals on Wheels" needs to make up for a $100,000 budget gap this year.
The program, which is open to Caddo residents over 60, delivers heated meals Monday through Thursday to about 950 seniors. That number used to be close to 1,150, but budget woes means they've had to scale back. For meal recipient Jamie Wilson, that knock on the door is crucial. "We rely on Meals on Wheels," the 71-year-old said. "A lot of time, that is the only meal we have to eat."
It's a familiar story for Rountree, who says there's now a waiting list of 100 seniors who haven't been able to enter the program. "When a senior calls, they've broken their hips, they've just gotten out of the hosptial, something happened, they don't need the meal a year from now. They need the meal today," she said.
If you can help, call the Caddo Council on Aging at (318) 676-7900.
You can also visit their website here. http://www.caddocouncilonaging.org
Meals on Wheels also needs additional volunteers to deliver the meals. If you can volunteer an hour of your time once a week, please call the number above.