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Feeding the Hungry

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In January, the Kitchen of Wichita Falls learned they will receive thousands of dollars worth of donations to help fund its Meals on Wheels program.

 "Meals on Wheels is a program delivered to seniors and homebound people who are unable to prepare a daily meal for themselves. It's a hot, nutritious and delicious meal and it’s delivered every day. This is the first time in our organizations history that we've had a waiting list," said Executive Director of The Kitchen, Jackie Hamm.

142 Wichita Falls seniors, homebound and disabled have been on the Meals on Wheels waiting list since May of 2013 will soon come off.

"Within the next 90 to 120 days, we will have the list completely cleared out. As you know, with anything, it takes time and we have lots of paperwork we have to do," said Hamm.

Meals on Wheels volunteer deliverers said the new funds coming their way are great and outstanding. The reason volunteers choose to deliver meals to seniors, homebound and disabled Wichita Falls residents, is because of the big impact it has on the community.

"I just think it's important to help out. The folks we deliver to are usually older, have trouble getting out or getting their own meals and cost is probably a factor as well," said Meals on Wheels driver, Mike Levitt.

"My wife and I enjoy volunteering. We find this as something that we don’t have to do every day," said Meals on Wheels driver, Eldon Sund.

With the 2 donations received from the Wal-Mart foundation and the Priddy Foundation, over 900 senior citizens in Wichita Falls will be able to be a part of the Meals on Wheels program.

As of Monday, 50 people have been cleared from the Meals on Wheels waiting list.

Employees of the Kitchen are very thankful to the Wal-Mart and Priddy foundations for such generous donations.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6