STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
BURNET — Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet Counties will celebrate the official grand opening of its new location with a free lunch for attendees and a ribbon cutting.
The Burnet center will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at 602 North Wood St. At 11 a.m., people can play games or visit. At noon is the ribbon cutting followed by lunch.
Though the meal is free, donations are appreciated, said Jamie McAfee, site manager of the Burnet County Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels has been in its current Burnet location, which it shares with Burnet Head Start, for the past four months with McAfee setting up an office in the storage area. The new facility includes rooms for exercise, bridge games, puzzles, and other activities. McAfee hopes volunteers will step up to lead programs at no cost.
She especially hopes local artists are willing to teach art classes and gardeners will be available to share tips for creating and maintaining home gardens.
McAfee said those programs are vital for the homebound seniors who Meals on Wheels serves.
“People need to be out and be social,” she said. “They need their own place, a place they can meet and have fun and enjoy each other. They can play games and learn new things. When you’re social and happy, you’re healthier.”
Meals on Wheels isn’t income-based; it’s needs-based for those 60 and older who are homebound, shut-ins, and or might not be able to get out.
“Anyone who wants to join us can,” she said of the grand opening.
Call McAfee at (512) 715-9717 for more information.