Rain or shine, Monday through Friday, the Meals on Wheels program will deliver. Due to this December freeze, deliveries weren't made Thursday or Friday, luckily "The Kitchen" located on Burnett Drive had a plan.
"To prepare for the upcoming weather when we knew what was going to take place, we sent yet a third shelf-stabled meal out last Wednesday. We had already sent out 2 shelf-stabled meals a couple of weeks ago, so all of our meals on wheels folks had 3 meals ready," said The Kitchen's Director of Marketing and Development, Jackie Riley.
These shelf-stabled meals are items such as soup, crackers, Nutrigrain bars and milk, everything recipients might need to prepare a meal a home.
"I think they feel great about it because they have something they can eat on in case they don't get their hot meal," said The Kitchen's Assistant Kitchen Supervisor, Alfredo Cardona.
Even if The Kitchen's Meals on Wheels were to run out of the shelf-stabled meals, The Kitchen itself will never run out of food.
"We're never going to have a problem running out of food for our folks that depend on our services every day. We always have meals frozen and ready when needed. We'll always be able to provide a shelf-stabled meal prior to a situation like we just had," said Riley.
If the icy weather were to happen in the near future during the middle of the week rather than on the weekend, The Kitchen will proceed as planned by watching the weather in advance and making sure the shelf-stabled meals are ready to go in a moment’s notice.
The Kitchen's Meals on Wheels will deliver depending on if the Wichita Falls Independent School District is open or closed.