Meals on Wheels a community project
Statistics on who contributed to the annual Meals on Wheels drive in February that THE DAILY conducts annually show the program has a wide base of support.
Upwards of 500 individuals or groups gave toward the $35,401 total of this year's campaign. Some gifts were for a few dollars while others were as much as $2,500.
While funding goes up and down depending on the economy, the number of people qualifying for meals stays relatively stable. For instance, some 425 people received meals in 1991 compared to 450 signed up for 2005.
Meals on Wheels workers manage to feed their clients regardless of funding levels. After losing 7 percent of its United Way funding the last two years, Meals on Wheels also experienced big drops in the campaign funds during that period.
Still the county program continued to feed the people enrolled for the hot lunches and for the friendly visits from volunteers who deliver them.
To each individual who gave a few dollars, $25, $50, $100 or more, thanks for helping.
And to whose who meant to send in a gift and didn't, it's not too late, although the newspaper campaign is officially over. Just send your checks to:
Meals on Wheels, c/o THE DECATUR DAILY, P.O. Box 2213-35609. We will get the money to the people responsible for seeing clients get their hot meal five days a week.