Taste of Sweetwater raises money for Meals on Wheels

April 9, 2013

Many showed their support for the Sweetwater Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) Meals on Wheels program on Monday by attending the 27th Annual Taste of Sweetwater. About 25 vendors donated food to feed the many who attended the event. (Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez)

The community of Sweetwater once again stepped to the plate to help those in need. The Nolan County Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP), held the 27th Annual Taste of Sweetwater at the Nolan County Coliseum annex building.
Twenty-five local food establishments participated in this year’s event, with all types of food represented. According to SNAP director, Tonya Challis, the crowd numbered at about 400 and helped to raise about $4,918 for the non-profit organization, which included $1,142 raised from the quilt drawing. The quilt was made by SNAP participant Patsy Frith.
SNAP feeds nearly 200 seniors per day either through home delivery or at its Elm Street location. Challis said that more and more people need SNAP’s services as the economy takes hits and food prices continue to rise. “The money we raised helps offset the difference between what the state pays and what it actually costs to feed them the meals,” she said.
Challis gives credit to all the businesses and people who made this year’s event possible saying, “Everybody was great. The vendors that showed up, all my volunteers, and everyone who came to eat. It took us all to make it happen.”
SNAP is always in need of volunteers and donations. According to Challis, there is a waiting list of seniors who want to join the Meals on Wheels program, but can not be added to the routes until more resources are available. For more information on how to help SNAP, contact Challis at 236-6344.

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