MIDLOTHIAN – The Gerdau steel mill in Midlothian, Texas, will donate more than 70 tons of reinforcement steel to the Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties Kitchen Campaign project.

The steel will be used to construct a new kitchen facility that will lower costs and allow the organization to better serve the community.

“Our relationship with Meals-on-Wheels helps provide support to deserving families within our community,” said Glen Carlisle, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau mill in Midlothian. “I have been personally involved with this organization, and it will be rewarding to see the positive impact this initiative will have on our community.”

It is expected that Meals-on-Wheels will initially provide 1,200 meals at the opening of the 25,000 square foot facility, projected for the fall 2012. Meals-on-Wheels plans to raise $5 million for the facility’s construction. To date, $1.4 million has been raised toward the project.

“We are ecstatic about the gift from Gerdau,” said Vinsen Faris, executive director of Meals-on-Wheels. “This gift of steel will help us get closer to our goal and reduce our overall building costs.”

Gerdau follows principals of sustainable development and believes that the growth of a company is directly related to its respect for the environment and commitment to society. The company invests in the development of the communities surrounding its locations, supporting hundreds of social projects with the help of employees engaged in volunteer work and in partnership with community agents.

The company’s work with Meals-on-Wheels supports the community pillar of their social responsibility program. The other pillars of this program include education, health and wellness, history and culture, and affordable housing.

Meals-on-Wheels is a community benefit organization serving the residents of Johnson and Ellis counties for 34 years. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Kitchen Campaign project, volunteering time, making a donation or who knows of someone who could benefit from services, can contact the Meals-on-Wheels offices at 817-558-2840, 972-351-9943 or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.