Meals on Wheels Facing Major Backlog Valleywide
EDINBURG – The nonprofit organization tasked with managing Meals on Wheels in the Rio Grande Valley is facing a major backlog.
"Due to funding constraints we have about 1,000 people waiting for our home delivery meal program," said Alex Guerra, executive director at Amigos del Valle.
Amigos del Valle currently has 1,002 people in need on a waitlist for home meal deliveries.
Guerra told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the organization stands in need of about $1.5 million to meet demand. He says the wait could take years for some people and could have dire consequences.
"By the time we get to 1,000, who knows what may happen, you know," Guerra said. "They may pass away because the people we deal with are elderly. And so we just want to see how can possibly get more funding to serve these people that really need our service."
Ignacio Guerrero says he waited four to five months for a chance to have meals delivered to his doorstep.
"I'm very happy! Otherwise, I'd be hungry," said Guerrero. "A lot of times I cannot afford to buy food. So this way, it supplements my daily meals."
Amigos del Valle will begin a private funding campaign in the near future. The organization also offers free congregate meals across the Valley and transportation for people over the age of 60.
You must be at least 60 years old and have difficulty preparing meals independently to qualify for the home delivery program.
Those with questions about the services provided by Amigos del Valle can reach them by calling 956-213-9400.