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Meals on Wheels anticipates Relay

Organization receives funding for new kitchen
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties recently announced their plans to build a kitchen facility in Midlothian where meals will be prepared for both counties the agency serves. To aid in that effort, Midlothian based TXI has donated two acres of land for the agency to use as the location for their kitchen facility.
MOW plans to build a 12,000 square-foot building where hot meals will be prepared and delivered to carriers that will continue to take the meals into both counties to serve the elderly and homebound.
MOW executive director Vinsen Faris said the agency is very appreciated of this generous gift.
“We are very appreciative of TXI’s generosity with this gift of land,” he said. “We are excited at the possibilities it will bring to our agency and the community at large.”
Currently the meals being delivered in both counties are prepared at the Tarrant County facility and MOW director of development Amy Jackson said while the location of where the meals are prepared will change, how the meals are delivered to clients of the agency will not.
“Right now we deliver about 750 meals per day between both counties we serve and that will not change except that they will be prepared at a central location in Midlothian,” she said. “The meals will still be delivered to volunteers in whatever city they bring meals to clients in and nothing will change for them. We are still going to make things as quick as possible so volunteers will not be pressed for time to finish their routes.”
Jackson also stressed that when completed the kitchen facility will be in Midlothian but MOW will still have a presence and offices in the communities they are currently in, Waxahachie and Cleburne.
With the new kitchen facility, the agency hopes to start off providing about 1,100 meals when the kitchen opens in late 2010. Faris said with the new facility the agency hopes to be able to provide for more clients.
“This is an incredible opportunity for us as it will solidify our future and allow us to better serve those who need us,” he said. “This location is in the very center of our two-county area.”
MOW plans to kick off their fund-raising campaign for the new facility early in the new year and will be focusing their attention and efforts to meet the $3 million goal they have set for themselves to complete construction on the facility.
TXI representative Maurice Osborn said TXI is very happy to be able to help MOW with their new facility.
“We are very excited that we can play a part in this very worthwhile and important project for the citizens of Ellis and Johnson counties,” Osborn said. “We feel that Meals on Wheels through their volunteers is a prime example of people helping people and TXI is pleased to be able to continue to support organizations like this that make our communities a better place to live.”
Railport, a rail-served business park south of the Metroplex, has been developed by TXI Real Estate, a division of TXI. TXI is the largest producer of cement in Texas and a major producer in California. The company is also a significant supplier of aggregate and concrete products, and has long been a major developer of business and industrial parks in Texas.
Meals on Wheels is a community-based non-profit organization serving the residents of Johnson and Ellis counties for more than 31 years. If interested in learning more about the new kitchen project, volunteering your time, making a donation or if you know of someone who could benefit from MOW services, please contact the Meals on Wheels offices at 972-351-9943 or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

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