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Shoals Meals on Wheels needs funding to maintain weekend deliveries

Meals on Wheels may have to stop weekend deliveries to the elderly. (Source: WAFF) Meals on Wheels may have to stop weekend deliveries to the elderly. (Source: WAFF)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A nonprofit group providing food in the Shoals for the elderly needs money to keep the meals rolling. Community Action Agency is so desperate they say they might have to end weekend deliveries.

The group needs $60,000, but that’s just for the people they serve right now for Meals on Wheels. There are many more who they would like to reach but can't because of the funding.

"All together we have 14 routes. We go all the way to Franklin County and Colbert County and as far as Petersville," said Meals on Wheels coordinator Eva Graham.

They feed more than 160 people in the Shoals, but they're running low on money to keep it up.

"We can't purchase the food if we don’t have the funds," Graham explained. They depend on the community to chip in.

At least fifty people are still waiting to be on the list.

"We just can't get to them because we don't have the funds to cover the amount of people that are requesting and most of our people are referred by the medical field," Graham said.

The hot meals go to folks who can't cook themselves or don't have a stove because it’s too hazardous for them to have.  When the meals arrive, it’s also the time people take their medicine.

"We know between the hours of 11 and 12 we have seen your loved one and we know that they are okay," Graham added.

If volunteers didn’t bring people lunch, some will go hungry until the next time Meals and Wheels stops by. Going on right now, there's a "dollar for dollar" fundraiser where a donor will match any amount of money given.

Meals on Wheels has been going on for more than 40 years.

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