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The Ellis County Press

Meals On Wheels of Johnson and Ellis counties is excited to announce they are receiving a $100,000 grant from the Amon G. Carter Foundation toward their $4 million campaign to build a regional kitchen facility to serve the elderly and disabled citizens of both counties.

This facility, located in the TXI Railport development in Midlothian, will initially provide nutritious meals to over 3,000 people.

Majority of these individuals are elderly citizens, averaging 85 years of age who live on an income of about $12,000 annually.

"We are grateful to the Amon G. Carter Foundation in their dedication to the elderly and for their support in helping make this project a reality," said MOW Executive Director Vinsen Faris.

MOW expects to double the number of meals served in Johnson and Ellis counties during the next two years due to the growth of the elderly population, as well as the communities they serve.

"The Carter Foundation recognizes the significant population growth in this region, as well as the increase in request for services," said John Robinson, executive vice president of the Amon G. Carter Foundation.

The new kitchen will significantly lower transportation and production costs.

By producing their own meals, the organization will save up to $1 per meal, which equals a $200,000 back into services per year. These savings will allow MOW to feed more people in need. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall of 2010.

"We commend the thorough analysis and planning which has taken place in anticipation of this campaign. The size and strategic location of this facility should provide new opportunities for MOW to expand their services and ensure their future," added Robinson.

The Amon G. Carter Foundation was established in 1945.

After Carter’s death, the foundation received the major portion of his estate with his desire to help the community and to provide the public an opportunity to enjoy his art collection.

The foundation’s Board of Directors dedicates a significant portion of its annual grant budget to the Amon Carter Museum operations, capital improvements and additions to the permanent collection.

The foundation has played a significant role in most major, local projects.

However, for every large gift there are scores of smaller grants.

Directors of the foundation continue to recognize that quality of life is comprised of a variety of organizations and interests. Carter’s vision and financial generosity continue to impact and help his community.

The MOW of Johnson and Ellis counties serves the children of yesterday by helping needy homebound elderly and disabled people remain independent and healthy in their own homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact and support for individuals and their families. Meals On Wheels has served the community for 32 years with assistance from over 600 dedicated volunteers.

For more information about the Kitchen Campaign or Meals On Wheels services, please contact Meals On Wheels in Johnson County at 817-558-2840, Ellis County at 972-351-9943 or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org

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