Brown County Meals on Wheels in danger of shutting down

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BROWN COUNTY, Texas (KTAB) – A Meals on Wheels program in Brown County is in danger of shutting down.  Operated in the Lake Brownwood area, this program serves those living in the country.  While the number of people needing meals and the price for the meals increase, the funding can’t keep up.

For the last 17 years Bonnie Sides has been traveling up and down highway 279 delivering meals three days a week.

“Today we have lasagna,” Sides said while delivering the meals.

While the Meals on Wheels program in Brownwood covers those inside the city, Sides and her team tackle those who live in the country.

“For some of them it’s the only real meal they get during the week,” Sides said.

Traveling 60 to 70 miles per day, Sides and other volunteers deliver to those in need.

“God put us on this earth to help each other and these people need help and this is one way we can help them,” Sides said.

The program, however, is in trouble.  With the growing number of meals delivered, the price of the meals increasing, combined with the lack of funding, the Meal on Wheels program could be shut down after Christmas.

“We don’t want to stop because if we quit there’s not going to be anybody out here to take meals to them,” Sides said.

This could put clients like Ursula McGaha in a bind.  After health problems took a toll on her body, Ursula wasn’t able to cook for herself.

“It’s been a life saver. It’s been a purpose. They get me out of bed,” McGaha said.

While the focus is in the name, the ministry goes beyond the meal.    

“Many times we’re the only person they see that day and for some of them we’re the only people that come period to see them,” Sides said.

“Not so much the meals you get dependent on but you do get dependent on that they come. It’s just like you get to waiting on them,” McGaha said.

Right now the organization is praying for a miracle, but until then Sides will continue to do what she loves until she can’t anymore.  

The Meals on Wheels program is run out of Rocky Creek Baptist Church with volunteers also coming from North Lake Community Church.  They serve 22 people spending about $900 on meals each month.

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