Meal waiting list grows to 140
A month after Meals on Wheels and More created a waiting list for seniors who need home-delivered meals, the list has grown rapidly.
About 140 people are on the list, which was begun because of overwhelming demand for services, spokeswoman Sarah Andrews said. The nonprofit had not had a waiting list in at least three years, and it has never been this large, she said.
The group delivers meals to 2,500 people a day. Last year, it distributed 1 million meals.
Traditionally, the Austin-based nonprofit has seen its client base grow about 6 percent per year. But over the past two years, it’s jumped by 10 percent.
“Budget constraints brought on by the economic decline have forced us to limit the number of people we can cur- rently serve,” the agency said in a news release.
Andrews said Meals on Wheels staffers are trying to prioritize people on the waiting list according to the most critical need.