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Golf Benefit Makes Sure Meals Get to Senior Citizens

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SHERMAN, TX--Some Texomans took advantage of the beautiful weather Monday on the golf course. They were raising money to feed those who need a little help.

When most people are hungry, they go to the grocery store, but it's not that easy for everyone. Meals on Wheels of Texoma is making sure no senior citizen goes without a meal.

"Because I tell you there's so many of them right now that just can't afford or that are able to fix the meals, and if they can afford to fix it, they don't have the money to buy it," Joyce Shadden said, Always Better Care Home Health employee.  

A golf benefit was held at the Woodlawn Country Club Monday afternoon to support Meals on Wheels. It started six years ago, when Meals on Wheels decided to serve more fresh food.

"They were just getting powdered milk 6 years ago," Shadden said. "They were just getting powdered milk, small portion of food. We started doing this tournament and thankfully its worked and its helped them to get fresh milk and bigger portions of food. 

Volunteers hope to raise $150,000 this year. Local dollars fund an additional 250 meals a day, which are served in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties.

"They're not like children," Kathey Scott said, Executive Director of Meals on wheels. "They deserve respect. They've supported our communities and our country and its time for somebody to give back to them."

Workers say it's more than just a meal.

"It's an incredibly rewarding experience," Scott said. "Our volunteers all tell us that the best part of it is actually getting to see the  people. The people may not see another smiling face all day long."

Volunteers aren't just delivering food. They're delivering smiles.

Though Meals on Wheels is partially funded by state and federal dollars, local donations ensure an extra 10,000 meals a month make it to homes.

Jen French, KTEN News