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The Place is Argyle: Metroport Meals On Wheels now available to Argyle residents

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons

Metroport Meals On Wheels announces its services are now available in the Argyle area.

Metroport Meals On Wheels has a long history for helping others with hot lunches. On April 1, 1980, MMOW delivered its first home-cooked meals to senior shut-ins in Roanoke. Emily Ragsdale, Sue Hoke, Shaun Wicker and Kelly Bradley prepared and delivered meals to five Roanoke residents.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons
Lynn Sheffield Simmons

As the Roanoke program grew volunteers were recruited in other cities to follow the plan. In 1993 the program became Metroport Meals On Wheels.

The home-delivered meal program soon outgrew the volunteers' kitchens, and rather than to seek federal funding for expensive kitchen equipment, the organization turned to local restaurants.

Today, meals are delivered to residents in 22 cities in northeast Tarrant, south Denton and south Wise counties.

MMOW has continued to be locally funded, operating independently of any federal or state funding. The program is supported by individuals, civic organizations and businesses within the communities it serves.  MMOW also hosts two major special events.

In 1992, Peggy and Byron Nelson helped MMOW launch its annual golf tournament. In 1998 Sadie's Dry Goods, New and Used was opened as an ongoing fundraiser for MMOW. Sadie's was named for Sadie England, who received MMOW's first home-delivered meal. Sadie's Upscale Consignment & Resale is the largest source of support for MMOW.  There are also numerous social gatherings each year that generate funds for the program.

MMOW is also needing volunteers in the Argyle area for the lunch deliveries.

Anyone unable to shop or cook for themselves and want hot lunches delivered to their home Monday through Friday can contact MMOW at 817-491-8534.

Organizations

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. The chamber office is in PointBank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, visit www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.

Argyle Lions Club meets Tuesday following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle via email at dcottle@temporah.com.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in PointBank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through visit educational and motivational programs and special events. For more information, visit www.keepargylebeautiful.com or email Deborah Cottle at dcottle@temporah.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.