ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Odessa city council approved additional funding for Meals on Wheels of Odessa on Tuesday. The funding will provide more than $100,000 to the program.
However, Executive Director Margaret Burton says that it will not be enough to meet all of their needs. Her proposal to the city manager included a budget of more than $200,000.
“You know I’ve got to have funds to feed them. You cant just say oh no we’re out of funds…
because how are you going to tell someone, 92 years-old, that they cant have a meal?”
Meals on Wheels has not stopped delivering during the pandemic, and has added clients since COVID-19 began. Burton is concerned that at some point, they will not be able to provide the service that more than 500 people in Odessa count on.
“Meals on wheels has got to serve these people. And we worry about that.”
While they are taking extensive safety precautions due to the pandemic, they plan on delivering meals for as long as they can. Burton is happy that none of her clients or staff have tested positive.
“I’m just thankful that none of my clients have died from it. As far as I know none of my volunteers have had it.”