Fayetteville Meals on Wheels running low on funding

The Fayetteville Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to homebound senior citizens, is running low on funds at a time when needs are higher than ever.

Program Assistant Seth Waite says Meals on Wheels has been feeding 30 people over its daily budget and has resorted to placing another 20 on a waiting list.

Besides just delivering meals, the program serves another important purpose. “One of my principle responsibilities,” said Waite, is to go into the homes of these seniors and assess their situations.” In many cases it is very bad, he said. “They have no family or friends in the area to help them and many are disabled.”

Before the program can begin to add more seniors from the waiting list, it must first solve the current budget problems by raising a considerable amount of money in a short period of time.

In an effort to do so, Meals on Wheels is holding a couple of fundraising events this month.

On Saturday, April 17, the BBQ, Bluegrass and Live Auction fundraiser kicks off at 5 p.m. inside the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center at 945 S. College Avenue. Expect live music from the Brush Creek Boys and the Austin Family Quartet, as well as a home-style barbecue dinner and a live auction. Dinner is $10 per plate and of course, all proceeds go towards Meals on Wheels.

On Saturday, April 24, the Gospel Singers & Spaghetti Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is also at the Fayetteville Senior Activity Center. A spaghetti dinner and gospel music from The Ridgeviews and Faulkner singers are on the schedule.

To offer help or to donate, or for more information, call Seth at 479-571-2920. Or visit fayettevillemealsonwheels.com.