The Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group (SOCAG) offers a senior nutrition program that provides one third of the recommended daily nutritional allowance for many local senior citizens. The Altus meal program started in 1977 and offers congregate meals at the Wilson Center, 905 N. Willard, as well as carry-out meals for those who are home bound.
Volunteers play an important part in the delivery of meals to these home bound Altus citizens. More meals are delivered via the Meals on Wheels program than at the actual meal site, so there is always a need for volunteers to get food to these citizens.
The Altus meal site serves approximately 50 meals per day, Monday through Friday at the Wilson Center, with the Meals on Wheels program delivering 84 meals a day to home bound, including some on Altus Air Force Base.
Sonny Dean has volunteered for 15 years, and started as a substitute volunteer for his wife. “I enjoyed helping back then,” said Dean, “that’s why I’m still delivering today.”
Bill Brooks, a four year volunteer, said he helps out because for some of the participants it is the only nutritional meal they receive each day.
Goskey said, “Our volunteers also help us know if our home bound participants are in need of other services.”
Dorothy Harper has helped with the delivery for two years and said that the people are happy to have someone stop by and check on them.
If you are interested in getting meals through the SOCAG program, you must be 60 years of age or over, but there are no income stipulations in order to get a meal. Goskey said there is a suggested donation of $3 per meal, but no one is refused a meal based on their ability to pay. Southwest Transit also provides transportation to and from the meal site if needed.
Meal times are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program also provides health checks and fun activities.
To become a Meals on Wheels volunteer, contact site manager Sharon Deweese, or head cook Alicia Fixico at 580-482-1290.
The Altus meal site is also the central kitchen for the Mangum, Granite, and Hollis meal sites. Meals are cooked in Altus and delivered to the other towns.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077