The Woodward News


July 7, 2013

Service provides warm meals, fellowship



Volunteering your time isn't the only way you can help support Panhandle Nutrition Services.

"We need volunteers and we need donations too," Myers said.

She said monetary donations are important, because they help the agency to receive additional funding to keep the meal delivery program going.

"We have grants that we have to match with the donations that we receive and right now we are really low on donations," she said.

Several months ago, she said PNS was even considering dropping down to only serving 3 meals a week because of lack of funding.

However, Myers said that "thanks to some very generous people here who made some nice donations, we were able to stay open."

Also donations are important because they impact the quality of meals that PNS is able to offer, not only for the meal deliveries, but also for those seniors who eat lunch at the Woodward Senior Center each weekday.  In all, Myers said PNS serves about 130 meals each day through meals delivered around Woodward, those taken to Ellis County and those who eat at the senior center each day.

"We've had to change our menu around recently to help save on costs," Myers said.

While the menu is still determined by a dietician to ensure it has nutritional benefits, Myers said that some of the new menu options aren't as nice as previous meals.

"For one thing, we used to have desserts that everybody loved, but now we've just about taken all of the desserts off," she said.  "We'll have a cookie or Jell-O from time to time, but the really delicious deserts, we just don't have anymore."

Also where the monthly menus used to include entrees such as beef tips, homestyle turkey, and scalloped chicken, Myers said those have been replaced with ham and beans, hot dogs, and "a lot of cabbage and those sorts of things that help us save on costs."

She is hopeful that if PNS can soon start to see an increase in donations, then the menu might get changed back.

However, Myers said sometimes the public doesn't realize it, but just because Panhandle Nutrition operates out of the Woodward Senior Center, they are not the same organization.  Therefore donations to one will not go to help both, she said.

"People sometimes think if they donate to the senior center then it helps us.  But we're 2 separate organizations so if you donate to the senior center then that money just goes to the senior center, it doesn't help us.  And if you donate to us, the money stays with us and won't help the senior center," she said.

If you would like to make a donation to support the meal program, Myers said you can "make a check payable to Panhandle Nutrition and in the memo portion put Woodward only so it will only be used for Woodward County, then mail it to 1420 Downs Ave. (Woodward, OK 73801)."

When asked why she felt the public should help support Panhandle Nutrition Services, Myers said it is because "We're all going to be old someday.  So it would be nice for us to make sure this program keeps going, in case we need to participate in it ourselves."

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