by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Charles Gray relies on Meals on Wheels to get him through the week.
“I've been getting Meals on Wheels now for a couple of years,” said Gray.
He says he was unable to cook for himself when he lost some use of his arm and his leg.
“I got burned a bunch of times trying to get stuff in and out of the oven so we just quit cooking,” said Gray.
Beaches Meals on Wheels treasurer Lydia Porter says its people like Gray who are proof that services like these are needed.
But Porter is also concerned about the Beaches Meals on Wheels current state.
“What we need is money to buy food,” said Porter.
She said the only money they get is through donations and contributions.
But between November and February, the price of a meal went from $2.50 to $4.
“That difference is what has thrown us into the hole,” said Porter.
She said Beaches Meals on Wheels only has enough money to last for a couple more months.
“We have enough money to get us through September and into October,” she said.
After hearing about the issue, Gray hopes the community can step up to help.
If you would like to help, you can contact Porter at 904-249-3963.
Beaches Meals on Wheels is a volunteer organization who gets their meals through Aging True.
Aging True says they also have a Meals on Wheels service and there are currently more than 900 people on their waiting list.