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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The Tarrant County chapter of Meals on Wheels will be unable to deliver food to clients on Monday after a copper theft has shut off power to their facilities. Workers cannot access the organization’s kitchen, food preparation area or computers.

This comes just has North Texas is coping with cold temperatures and light snowfall from Sunday night. The high temperature on Monday is forecast to be 50 degrees, but morning temperatures were just barely above the freezing mark.

“We believe that it happened during the middle of the night,” said Meals on Wheels media spokeswoman Denise Harris. “Our workers went in [Monday] morning to start preparing the meals and there was no power to any part of the building.”

Electric provider Oncor is working to repair the problem and restore power to the facility, which will have to be inspected before deliveries can get underway. Harris said that they are hopeful that the issue will be resolved later on Monday.

This is the fourth time that such an incident has happened to the facility, Harris said. They have been serving Tarrant County for 38 years. “For less than $20, this has caused such a great deal of stress on our agency, to our volunteers, to our clients,” Harris said. “But it will cost us upward of several thousand dollars to repair this.”

“There’s always a Plan B,” added Harris. Meals on Wheels clients have two days worth of shelf-stable meals on hand, provided by the organization, for use on days when deliveries are not being made or the kitchen is closed.

Still, those who live near Meals on Wheels recipients are asked to check on neighbors or loved ones, to ensure that they are doing okay in the cold weather.

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