From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Texas Department of Agriculture Awards Grants to Home-Delivered Meal Programs

Senator Glenn Hegar is pleased to announce that the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded $10 million in grants for applicants of the Texans Feeding Texans: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program for FY 2009. Qualified programs in Senate District 18 received over $335,000 in grants.

The grant program is a result of HB 407, passed during the 80th Texas Legislative Session, establishing a $20 million statewide grant program for FY 2008 and 2009. Grants are provided to nonprofits and governmental agencies that have a record of delivering meals to homebound elderly and/or Texans with special needs; receive an initial grant from their county; and complete a brief application.

Programs in Senate District 18 that received grants include: Combined Community Action, Inc. (Bastrop, Caldwell and Fayette Counties), Wharton County Junior College Colorado County Senior Citizen Program (Colorado County), Abundant Life Sources, Inc. (Fort Bend County), Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels and Much Much More, Inc. (Fort Bend and Waller Counties), Goliad County Senior Citizens, Inc. (Goliad County), Friends of Elder Citizens, Inc. (Jackson and Matagorda Counties), Economic Action Committee of the Gulf Coast (Matagorda County), Victoria County Senior Citizens Association (Victoria County), Community Action Committee of Victoria, Texas (Victoria County), Washington County Healthy Living Association (Washington County), and Wharton County Junior College Senior Citizen Program (Wharton County).

"I commend these groups for serving the elderly and special needs citizens in their communities and congratulate them on receiving these state grants." Senator Hegar said. "I am proud that so many organizations in Senate District 18 pursued this funding and were able to receive grants."