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Local meal-provider agency to receive help from TDA

Funds to provide more meals to additional homebound Texans

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture will award approximately $2 million to home-delivered meal providers who serve meals to homebound elderly and disabled Texans and a Milam agency is among the agencies to receive help.

Those being served live in 31 Central Texas counties, including Milam.

The grants are provided through TDA’s Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program.

“Home-delivered meals are critical to the health and wellbeing of our fellow Texans who would go hungry without this food,” TDA Commissioner Todd Staples said. “This funding will allow meal providers to continue their mission of fighting hunger in Texas and I am proud to support such an honorable and necessary initiative.”

The Hill Country Community Action Association, which serves Bell, Llano, Milam, Coryell, Mason, San Saba, Lampasas, Hamilton and Mills counties. HCCAA will receive $42,205.

“All of us in the meals on wheels community are grateful to Commissioner Staples and his staff at the Texas Department of Agriculture,” said Dan Pruett, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels and More. “The money we receive from these partners makes it possible for us to provide nutritious meals to many more of our elderly and disabled homebound neighbors.”

The Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program was created during the 80th Legislative Session in 2007 to give extra funding to home-delivered meal providers. The grants, based partly on the number of meals eligible applicants served the year prior to applying, can only be used to supplement and expand existing services related to the delivery of meals.

“By providing food to elderly residents in their own homes, we help maintain their independence, which saves Texans about $30,000 in tax dollars annually per individual served,” Commissioner Staples said. “I want to thank the legislators who approved this critical funding that enables us to assist Texans who need a helping hand.”

TDA will award almost 200 grants, totaling $9.5 million to home-delivered meal providers across Texas who served over 13 million meals statewide last year. Over the three-year life of this program, TDA has awarded nearly $30 million to these organizations.

For more information on the Texans Feeding Texans: Home- Delivered Meal Grant Program, or for a complete list of recipients, visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on Grants.

AREA HOME-DELIVERED MEAL PROVIDERS
Organization Counties served Grant
Cen-Tex Senior Ministry Falls, Hill, McLennan $297,347
Combined Community Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, $38,558
Action Blanco, Fayette, Hays
Hill Country Community Bell, Llano, Milam, Coryell, $42,205
Action Association Mason, San Saba, Lamp
asas, H amilton, M ills
Meals on Wheels and Travis $645,701
More
Williamson-Burnet County Williamson, Burnet $ 79,446
Opportunities
Central Texas Total $2,385,460


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