Letter to the editor: Thank you to donors who keep Meals on Wheels rolling

To the community,

Thank you for your generous and continued support of South Liberty County Meals on Wheels.  Over the past year and during a pandemic, you have made taking care of our homebound seniors a priority. 

A tangled web of government bureaucracy delayed significant funding for our program during the first quarter of 2021.  However, because of supporters like you, we had enough funds in the bank to continue feeding our elderly with no interruption in services. 

The main funding source for our local Meals on Wheels program is through a partnership with the Houston Galveston Area on Aging Council (HGAC).  Each month, South Liberty County Meals on Wheels receives reimbursements from HGAC for a certain amount of meals.  Our county’s allotment is divided between South Liberty County Meals on Wheels and Cleveland’s Meals on Wheels program.

Due to the CARES Act and the Families First Act, our funding stream was switched. Fast forward a couple of months and the new funding stream ran out of money.  Simply put, we were told by HGAC there was confusion of “where the money was at,” they were backlogged and that *eventually* we would be reimbursed. 

But because of our community’s fantastic, consistent support, our Board of Directors did not have to panic.  We did not have to hurriedly try to raise funds to cover the lapse.  We did not have to cut services.  All we had to do was cut a check (several of them).

Thank you.  Thank you on behalf of the 65+ clients whom you serve daily.  Thank you on behalf of our delivery drivers who volunteer each week to deliver a hot meal and a smile. You are helping keep our seniors happy and healthy.


Kim Stegall, Executive Director

Board of Directors: Emily Cook, Mike Allison, Lori Williams, Cecilia Longoria, Pam Milentz, Maxine Domain and Terri Bivins

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I am one of the Seniors that meals on wheels delivers to. I am more grateful to those that deliver the meals than you could possibly imagine. Each and every one of these individuals that come to my door are the most gracious non judemental and loving people that you could possibly imagine. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
    Deba Jane Zaharatos
    Trinity Garden Apts. 2010 Panther Road.
    Liberty, Tx 7575

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