Though Christmas is still a few days away, Meals on Wheels of Texoma has already started delivering its holiday meals to area seniors.
Executive Director Greg Pittman said the Christmas lunch will be served on Friday and will include baked ham and all of the fixings. It will also include sweet potato casserole, green beans, Hawaiian rolls and apple cobbler.
Since the organization will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there have been additional meals delivered throughout the week that can be refrigerated and eaten on those days.
Pittman said the organization has been blessed this season with a number of donations that have made a significant difference in the quality of the food that it has been able to provide.
For instance, he said, the organization has received hams from Parkway Buick GMC and turkeys from Ruiz Foods of Denison. Those quality meats mean the seniors served with a meal for the holiday that will look and taste like homemade. Without those items, he said, the organization might have had to serve something like a turkey roast, which is still good food, but just isn’t the same as a roasted turkey.
“During the holiday season is when we see an increase of families in need of basic necessities especially food,” Ruiz Foods Denison Director of Operations Mitch Martin said in a statement released after its donation. “By donating 160 turkeys, we wanted to help ensure that as many individuals and families were helped as possible.”
Pittman said the donations represent a tremendous cost savings to the organization. He said 29 percent of the chicken and ground beef that the organization serves is donated by Tyson.
“That sets a high bar for social responsibility from our area industries,” he said.
In addition, Pittman said Meals On Wheels of Texoma also received food notations this season from several area churches and the Greater Texoma Association of Realtors.