Bertram Meals on Wheels to continue
June 18, 2013, 7:00 pm by Erin Holloway
The Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities has received enough funds in charitable donations since last week to extend Meals on Wheels service to 13 residents in the Bertram area through Sept. 30.
Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen is pleased with the extension.
"That’s good news. We received a lot of volunteer support and charitable donations that will allow the residents to get their meals.”
Marci Masterson, who writes a column for the Burnet Bulletin on the Bertam Enterprise page, said an angel read her column and stopped by and wrote a check for $1,688, enough to extend the meals for a month. She said she knew of another $500 check that was sent in to help.
WBCO director of Meals on Wheels Paula Goodson said that the original decision to stop delivering meals to 13 homebound seniors in Bertram was due to budget cuts as a result of the federal government’s reduction in services earlier this year and rising food costs.
Allen said he was told Bertram was targeted in the cuts because the city’s clients live more than 10 miles from the food preparation site in Burnet, which is one criterion for receiving the service. The 13 recipients are residents of Burnet County; however, they do not live inside Bertram’s city limits.
For individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to Meals on Wheels, donations can be made online at www.wbco.net, or call 512.763.1411 for more information. All contributions can be made by referencing "Bertram” with their payment to: WBCO, 604 High Tech Drive, Georgetown, TX 78626.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
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