KINGSLAND — For many senior citizens in the Kingsland area, the Lake Area Meals on Wheels program offers them a hot, healthy meal during the week. But after 24 years, the program is always looking to help more.
In 1991, residents Pat Bernard, Alan Brendefur and Dick and Dee Smith formed the Lake Area Meals on Wheels. At first, they served about 15 clients in the Kingsland and Sunrise Beach areas before branching out to Buchanan Dam in 2002.
Now, the organization averages 50-60 meals a day, both delivered and served at two sites: Windwood Community Center (five days a week) and the Kingsland Senior Center (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Site manager Nita Burton said the goal of the program is to assist older individuals in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes as long as possible. And while the suggested donation is $3 for participants 60 and older, meals are never denied if a person is unable to contribute.
That’s where the Lake Area Meals on Wheels needs the public’s help. Though many people have volunteered over the years, more are always needed as well as financial contributions.
Anyone interested in helping should call Burton at (325) 388-4608.
Meals are delivered to eligible participants’ homes five days a week. The Lake Area Meals on Wheels operates out of the Windwood Community Center, 100 Windwood Drive in Kingsland.
Before delivering meals to a resident, Meals on Wheels staff complete a client intake process to determine an individual’s eligibility.