The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 25, 2013

Meals on Wheels of Palestine facing funding cuts

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PALESTINE — Why MOW is Important

Delivering home-delivered meals to senior citizens in need of some assistance can be a lifesaver to many — helping them remain independent as long as possible.

“It helps them stay out of institutional care for a little bit longer. Institutional care is very expensive per person. We can feed a person in their home and keep them in their home and help them stay independent a little longer,” Durant said.

And in many cases, the MOW delivery driver is the only contact a senior citizen has all day.

“A lot of people in our three counties live in very rural areas. The driver might be the only person they see for days,” Durant said. “A lot of them — because they live so far out — will get one hot meal and four frozen meals a week. But our contract states that we must check on them two to three times a week by phone, so we can make sure they are okay.”

Holding Fund-raisers

In Meals on Wheels of Palestine Inc.’s favor over other MOW programs facing cuts across the nation, Palestine has its own facility at 200 N. Church St. in Palestine that it can rent out to the public for events and reunions, for example.

“Our program rents our building out to help get funding for our program. During the summer months it’s rented almost every Saturday and we have some bookings into next year,” Durant said. “We also try to raise money by sponsoring trips. All profits from the trips goes towards our home delivered meals program. Even so, we are more fortunate than many other programs because they don't have a building to rent and they can't do fundraisers such as ours.”

Currently, MOW of Palestine Inc.’s Dogwood Travelers group is offering a seven-day, six-night trip to Myrtle Beach and Charleston, S.C. in September.

“So far we have 20 people confirmed to take the trip, so I think the trip is going to make, if people keep coming up,” Durant said.

MOW of Palestine Inc. also has a fund-raiser it is about to close offering advertising on its new refrigerated delivery truck purchased in January.

“We have been selling ads on it for supporters. We are just about to wind that down. If anyone wants to buy any ads on the truck to help pay for it, we would be happy to talk to them,” Durant said. “We are ready to close it down and get the shrink wrap on the truck.”

So far, most of the purchased advertising for the truck has come from Rusk County.

“Our truck travels more than 250 miles a day five days a week. The ads will be on our truck from here to Henderson and back. It would be there for the life of the truck as long as we have it, so it’s a pretty good advertising deal,” Durant said.

Ad spaces start at $500. Space is still available on the front, back and on the doors.

Contact MOW

For more information about Meals on Wheels of Palestine Inc., call 903-729-0255 or visit http://www.mowacr.com or at the Palestine Senior Activity Center, 200 N. Church St.

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