AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Meals on Wheels of Amarillo raised $700,000 to finally begin construction on the new facility.
By being in the medical district, they’ll be closer to the hospitals they work with to serve their clients.
“Because both hospitals, BSA, and Northwest Texas, they prepare our meals, and we contract with them and buy our meals from both hospitals, it just makes more sense for us to be closer to the hospitals,” said Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Amarillo Susie Akers.
Especially if a volunteer is unable to deliver a meal at the last minute.
“We need to run out to the hospital and grab the meals and get them delivered because that’s what has to happen, whether anything else, happens the meals get delivered,” said Akers. “And so it takes us, you know, 15 minutes to get out to the hospital. It would be much, it’s going to be much, much more convenient.”
Donations came from various community donors and foundations and even the people they serve everyday.
“We got donations from clients as small as five, or $10, that can’t afford to pay for their meals, but they wanted to help us with the building,” said Akers. “It means a lot to me whenever there is a client that wants to be a part and help when they can’t even afford their meals, but they send us a check.”
Last year, Meals on Wheels gave 7,500 more meals than they did in 2017.
The organization believes they will continue to grow, and with the new building, will be ready to help even more people.
“Sometimes we’re the only people they see everyday, so it’s a real great mission and we’re proud to be able to continue that mission,” said Board President of Meals on Wheels of Amarillo Ann Clary.
The facility is expected to be completed by November of this year.
“I think people will think of us more when their family needs help, when we’re in the medical district,” said Akers. “So it’s just going to be a better situation.”