Erath County continues to exemplify what is meant when we say “community” and “helping others in need” as further evidenced by its support of the Meals on Wheels program.
According to a recent piece from the Stephenville Empire Tribune, the Erath County United Way has worked with Meals on Wheels of Erath County for more than a decade and provided more than 43,686 home-delivered meals in 2012 alone.
The Erath County United Way has already started its 2014 annual campaign, which has led to increased publicity for the program and its noble cause in order to garner more support and volunteering from community members. In fact, the news source stated that local funds helped to provide 30 percent of all home-delivered meals last year.
“A good portion of our funding comes from the state and federal government,” MOWEC Executive Director Whitney Lee told the news source. “And, with government money, comes a lot of restrictions on how that money can be spent. So for a client to qualify for Meals on Wheels through government channels, they must be over the age of 60 years.”
Lee added that sometimes those who are the greatest in need the meals provided by government funds may not qualify because of their age, and yet still may have serious medical conditions that require assistance. He said that while he can’t legally provide them with government-funded meals, United Way steps in and helps those who slip through the cracks and might be a few years younger than 60 but could still stand to greatly benefit from the meals.
The strong support that United Way and Meals on Wheels receives in the Stephenville community is just one example of why the city is such an ideal place to call home. An effective commuter hub due to its close proximity to the Dallas – Fort worth area, Stephenville is the jewel of North Texas. If you’d like to learn more about living in Stephenville and area real estate opportunities, contact me today. I’d love to show you around.