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March 9, 2007

Mobile Meals in need of financial assistance

CHICKASHA — An ebb in donations has caused financial worry at a local organization. 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.” In December, however, their funds reached such a critical level, Cole said the program almost had to shut down.

“It’s not always easy; we often are in financial need,” she said. Each month the organization spends approximately $5,250 feeding those in need. Meal recipients are asked to pay one quarter of the cost of their meals if they are able.

Mobile Meals recently received a $6,600 donation from the Altrusa Club of Chickasha, however, the charity is still in dire need of support. 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.

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