Meal wait­ing list grows to 140

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

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.

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