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October 5, 2006

Grady County United Fund donations support Mobile Meals

CHICKASHA — For more than 20 years Mobile Meals of Chickasha has been delivering hot lunches to shut-ins.

On any given day the non-profit, volunteer based organization takes food to 90 people, serving 2000 meals a month.

Peggy Cole, Treasurer and volunteer for the past two years said the 46 volunteers do the work because they know there is a need.

“Our volunteers do it because they enjoy seeing their clients and finding out how they are getting along,” Cole said. “We may be the only people our clients see that day.”

“It’s not always easy; we often are in financial need,” she said.

Last month the organization spent $5,250 feeding those in need. Meal recipients are asked to pay one quarter of the cost of their meals if they are able. Cole said although three generous organizations donate money each year to the cause, the number of people receiving meals is increasing, which, in turn, is causing an increase in costs. Cole said she is surprised at how few people seem to know they exist.

“We usually get referrals from people hearing about us from others who are getting the assistance,” she said.

Chickasha Mobile Meals delivers noon meals, along with a drink five days a week.

“We cater to those who, for one reason or another, can’t cook for themselves or who can’t get out to buy food,” she said.

With the help of United Fund and the two other organizations who raise money for them, they are still serving daily meals.

But they are starting to find themselves in a financial crunch, because if a person is in need they will not turn them away, but the cost of feeding more people continues to rise.

“We have to beg for funds at times,” said Cole. “And this is one of those times.”

To check into getting on the Mobile Meals list, contact Frances Doak. Anyone wishing to donate time or money to Mobile Meals of Chickasha can do so by calling 222-0933.

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