The executive director of Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene which has been providing home delivered meals to Runnels County residents since October of 2016, requested $50,000 in funding from the Runnels County Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 27.

The executive director of Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene which has been providing home delivered meals to Runnels County residents since October of 2016, requested $50,000 in funding from the Runnels County Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 27.

Betty Bradley, who is no stranger to the county, made the request saying that providing meals is costing $9,000 above what the state Title 20 program pays per month.

Meals on Wheels Plus, provides meals to clients in Ballinger, Winters and Rowena, while Meals For The Elderly of San Angelo provides meals to clients in Miles.

Bradley said currently, 125 meals per day are being served in Runnels County.

“Sixty of those meals are paid for with Title XX funds, and the other 65 we are paying full cost,” Bradley said.

Bradley said that funding needs are growing, Title XX funding from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services provides funding at $4.95 per meal for about 60 clients, currently That leaves a considerable gap in the funding. Meals cost $7.51 each, and those meals are not covered by Title XX funding.

Bradley stressed that MOW in Abilene has been supplementing funding, since the Runnels County program continues to grow.

Bradley, pointed out that even though events like the Music for Meals and the Pancake Supper raised around $30,000 funding is still needed.

During the meeting, Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard asked Bradley how much funding is received from Taylor and Jones counties, where they serve more than 1,000 clients per day.

“Taylor County used to budget $30,000 a year, but now we receive $5,000,” Bradley said.

Bradley has said she will not turn anyone in who needs the service away. There are two Meals on Wheels employees, one in Ballinger and one in Winters, who make home visits to assess the needs of clients or potential clients.

Meals on Wheels provides meals to persons age 60 or over, or age 18 -59 and up to 60 that has one or more disabilities or who cannot prepare meals themselves,” Bradley said. “It can also be temporary – while a person is recovering from surgery or an illness.

Clients have a choice of two entrees each day. Each week the clients will receive a cards in the mail with a return envelope, which they fill out and return to Meals on Wheels with their weekly selections. The meals include salad, entrée, vegetables, dessert and a drink.

Commissioners did not vote on the request, and will consider it during the budget workshops.

In other business, commissioners:

• Recognized Sherry Ludeke and Thomas and Judy Eaves as new members of the Runnels County Historical Commission.

• Recognized the Runnels County Historical Commission as recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission.

• Approved a request from Kevin Busher to install water lines across County Road 298 and County Road 300.

• Held a budget workshop.