The regularly-scheduled meeting of Erath County Commissioners Court was held Monday morning and an annual grant of $18,000 to Meals on Wheels of Erath County [MOWEC] was renewed unanimously.

The grant funds a longstanding cooperation between Erath County and MOWEC that serves to assist homebound senior citizens in receiving home-delivered hot meals each day.

Recently, assistance to veterans was added to MOWEC’s services via the efforts of a group called Honor Veterans Now, or HVN. In an interview with the E-T earlier this summer, Whitney Lee, executive director of MOWEC, said, “We have room if there’s anybody out there under the age of 60 who’s a veteran, they can call us and we will help get them signed up.”

A press release from HVN states that the group was established in September 2015 and is headquartered in Fredericksburg.

“We started off with an initial donor, a gentleman who wanted to help meet this need and so right now that’s the funding that we’re using primarily,” Erin Jordan, of HVN, said. “We have had two other donors - one from a foundation and one from a church - so we’re in the process of growing and learning how to do more fundraising.”

The organization was created after a Fredericksburg couple learned that many veterans in their area did not meet criteria for any VA benefits and were in need of hot meals on a regular basis.

“Today the organization funds daily meals for over 300 vets in 27 counties, including Erath, and is striving to provide meals to needy vets in all 254 Texas counties,” Jordan wrote in a release.

For non-veterans, general eligibility guidelines require that clients be at least 60 years of age or older and unable to perform transportation on their own. An in-home assessment is required for all clients before services can begin and each year thereafter to determine eligibility.

Meals are delivered by volunteers and depending on which route a client is assigned and where they fall on that route, meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m. - noon.

MOWEC does not charge clients for services but several are able to make monetary contributions to help fund their services.

In addition to the Erath County grant, the group also receives private donations and memorials from individuals and local companies, and has one major fundraiser each year.

For more general information, contact MOWEC at 254-965-3510. For more information on HVN visit honorveteransnow.org.