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Meals on Wheels Program Facing Hard Times

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A charitable effort in Corpus Christi is currently facing some tough financial challenges. It is the Meals on Wheels program.

"I never thought I'd ever get used to this kind of life at my age," said Charlie Barnett, a Meals on Wheels recipient. "I never thought that I'd live to this age to tell you the truth."

On the waiting list for more than a year, 87-year old Barnett and his 84-year old wife, Maria, are thankful to finally be receiving a daily visit from Meals on Wheels.

Workers at the Nutrition Education and Service Center prepare upwards of 580 meals a day, Monday through Friday.

It was worth the wait for the Barnetts, who are among the elderly community wanting to remain independent in their own homes, and hold onto their vitality.

"This is a method that they would be able to maintain their health and receive the nutrition that they are needing," said Lisa Oliver of Senior Community Services. "For some folks, this may be the one hot meal they receive a day."

For others, it is also the only time to have that connection to the outside world.

"It's heartbreaking. It really is," said Enoch Maldonado, who works for Corpus Christi Outreach. "There is sometimes no support. When I show up, I let them talk and vent. They need the social interaction."

Because federal funding has been reduced in recent years, the biggest challenge now is to maintain funding for seniors who are living longer.

You can sponsor a client for as little as $5.82 a day. For more information on the Adopt a Meals on Wheels Client campaign, you can call the City's Senior Community Services department at 361-826-3150.