The Caddo Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to over 900 local seniors four days a week. However, rising food and gas prices, coupled with a drop in donations and grants, is causing a serious budget crunch.
Executive Director Mary Alice Rountree says there are over 300 names on the waiting list, with over 200 considered high priority cases. "Last week we had two people call in their nineties and I was literally not able to put them on the program. We cannot add any more people until we get more funding," she said.
That's why the organization has asked the Caddo Commission for $50,000 in emergency funding. That could provide about 10,000 meals to local seniors, she said. The Caddo Commission will take up the request at its regular meeting Thursday.
Meals on Wheels is also encouraging residents to get involved. You can send in your donation or have it directly debited from your checking account or credit card each month. The program is also seeking more volunteers to deliver the meals to local seniors. To find out more about how you can donate, visit the website. http://www.caddocouncilonaging.org/