Meals on Wheels looks to make up lost money

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | 12:31 p.m. CDT; updated 6:16 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA — After losing $40,000 from the Heart of Missouri United Way, Meals on Wheels of Columbia hopes to recoup some of that money.

Last year, the Heart of Missouri United Way announced a new strategy called "Community Impact" that focused on youth. This shift resulted in cutting funds to Meals on Wheels and other local agencies that served older adults. The Boone County Council on Aging, Adult Day Connection and the Alzheimer's Association of Mid-Missouri were also affected.

In an effort to recover from the funding cut, Meals on Wheels will host its first Fall Fund Fest sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans.

The Fall Fund Fest will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Bradford Farms. Individual tickets are $15 or a car pass for $50, which allows everyone in the car to gain entry to the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Meals on Wheels office in the basement of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, its website or at the event.

The fundraiser will include hay rides, a corn maze, games, bonfires, music by Heather Harlan, storytelling by Larry Brown, roasted hot dogs and s'mores, a dessert auction and raffle.

Meals on Wheels will raffle off five packages that range from $100 to $150 in value. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1, or six tickets for $5 at the Meals on Wheels office.

Proceeds from the Fall Fund Fest will help subsidize meals for clients.

For more than 40 years, Meals on Wheels has been serving residents of the Columbia area. With only two employees, the agency relies on volunteers for its daily operations. Each day, between 100 and 120 meals are delivered by volunteers, according to the organization's website.

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