Cove Cares senior meals program ends Friday

After seven weeks of cooperating with the Copperas Cove ISD, local donors and sponsors, the Cove Cares Program is coming to an end on Friday. (Courtesy photo)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) After seven weeks of cooperating with the Copperas Cove ISD, local donors and sponsors, the Cove Cares Program is coming to an end on Friday.

Cove spokesman Kevin Keller says the program has been losing momentum over the last few weeks.

"The governor has started to open up Texas and he's encouraging Texans that it's okay to go out and go shopping," he said.

"Plus, up to this point, we've kind of run out of money for the program right now."

Senior citizens concerned about the risk of shopping again have an alternative, but they must meet the Older American's Act criteria to receive frozen meals via Hill County Community Action Association's Meals on Wheels Program.

To receive meals in the future, the citizen must be at least 60 or older, must be homebound or unable to drive, the spouse of someone 60 or older, disabled, and must live within a two-mile radius of the town in which the senior center is located.

Another major concern for senior citizens is the probability of a second surge. For anyone fearful of a return to sheltering in place, Keller says the program will be fully prepared.

"When we started, we got the program up and running in about a week," he said.

"Should a second surge come and the governor places orders restricting movement of citizens, we feel pretty confident we can get this program going fairly quickly."

Keller says that although the program is ending, it was able to accomplish more than anticipated.

"It makes me proud to work in this community."

The program was able to deliver more than 16,000 meals to 482 households in the city.

Anyone interested the Meals on Wheels program can contact (254)-547-6022.