Runnels County volunteers were recently honored at two events held by Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene.

Runnels County volunteers were recently honored at two events held by Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene.

The Runnels County volunteers serve around 150 meals five days a week to clients in the Ballinger and Winters areas of Runnels County.

Karen and Donald Furtado were named Volunteers of the Year for Ballinger. They were presented the award during the dinner held on Feb. 20. Brenda Grohman was named Volunteer of the Year in Winters during the dinner held Thursday, March 22. Naomi Gerhart also received a Caring Plus award for her service in Winters.

Betty and Alton Pierce of Winters were Volunteers of the Month for March and Dorothy Hoelscher was named March Volunteer of the Month for Ballinger.

"Providing meals for frail residents of Runnels County is an honor and an exciting adventure," said Meals on Wheels Plus Executive Director Betty Bradley. "However, it has been more of a financial and time commitment than we anticipated. It simply would not be possible without strong volunteer and financial support. We are most grateful for the many volunteers who deliver meals each weekday. The volunteer appreciation events held in Ballinger and Winters were well attended and heart-warming."

According to Stephanie Mason, development director at Meals on Wheels Plus there are between 55-60 volunteers currently serving meals five days a week in Ballinger and 60-65 volunteers in Winters.

“Our volunteers make serving Runnels County possible,” Mason said. “Without the generosity of our volunteers who travel to Abilene five days a week to pick up meals and the ones who deliver to our clients’ homes, Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene would not have been able to take on meal service in Runnels County. We are so grateful for their continued support and dedication to their friends and neighbors.”

In October of 2016 Meals on Wheels Plus began providing home delivered meals to clients in Ballinger, Winters and Rowena and Meals For The Elderly began serving clients in Miles. Since then, the area has been expanded to include clients in the Pumphrey area.

The programs provide a freshly prepared noon meal Monday through Friday to anyone who is unable to prepare balanced meals for themselves, is 60 years old or older or who is between 18-60 and disabled.

Clients have a choice of two entrees each day. Each week the clients will receive a card 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.

For more information, to volunteer or to sign up to receive meals in Runnels County, contact Lupe Vazquez coordinates Winters and Pumphrey at 325-665-9341 or Gene Roggenkamp who coordinates Ballinger, Rowena and Norton at 325-280-0042.