Meals On Wheels Closures Impacting Seniors
DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The back-to-back-to-back winter storms has meant some of those in need aren’t getting enough to eat. Thousands of Meals on Wheels customers didn’t get their emergency meals to get them through the week because for four days volunteers couldn’t get out on the roads to deliver the meals.
Meals on Wheels in Denton and Dallas will be closed Wednesday. The organizations in Tarrant and Collin County will make the call early in the morning.
In Fort Worth, 96-year-old Hazel Workman was glued to CBS 11 Tuesday afternoon watching the weather. “It’s supposed to be bad”
What happens with the weather will determine if she has company. “They come by 10:30 in every morning I nearly set my clock by them.”
Last week Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County couldn’t deliver. For Workman, who won’t dare go into the kitchen, that meant no warm meals. “My husband cooked,” she says smiling “He did all the cooking, grocery shopping. He did all the planning.”
Volunteers and Meals on Wheels workers have been going non-stop trying to get extra meals to their customers before another round of severe winter weather. “We didn’t expect 4 days in a row where we couldn’t get to them,” says Tom Hauser with the Collin County Committee on Aging, which runs the Meals on Wheels program.
Hauser says hundreds of clients in Collin County didn’t have enough emergency meals to get through the week.
It was the first time in the organization’s 35 year history. This week they’re working ahead.
“We’ve already delivered over 2500 meals in the last 2 days that are nutritious meals,” says Hauser.
As for Hazel in Fort Worth she says she got by thanks to her neighbors who bought food and checked in on her.
She now has meals for several days.