Gov. Rick Perry has recognized Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties for its 30 years of service to the community.

The recognition comes as the organization kicks off its anniversary celebration with activities planned throughout the summer.

“A 30th anniversary is truly a landmark for anyone, especially a nonprofit,” said Vinsen Faris, executive director. “We are honored that the governor has recognized our achievements.”

Meals-on-Wheels began serving a handful of Cleburne residents in 1977 and today serves 600 meals daily to two counties.

In 2001, Meals-on-Wheels began serving Ellis County, making a 1,700 square mile service area. Meals-on-Wheels relies on more than 500 volunteers to deliver the daily meals and check on the homebound they serve.

Meals-on-Wheels has grown over the years, but recently the need for services has dramatically increased. The organization is serving 30 percent more meals today than this time last year, which represents more than 20,000 additional meals over meals served in 2006.

Since 1977, Meals-on-Wheels has served more than 2 million meals to the elderly and disabled. With the addition of these meals, Meals-on-Wheels needs additional routes, volunteers and financial resources to continue to serve this growing population.

“Our success would not be possible without the volunteers who help deliver the meals, and the many friends who support this effort through their generous contributions and gifts,” Faris said. “We are looking forward to the future, and the next 30 years.”

Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Johnson and Ellis counties.

For more information on volunteering or services, contact Meals-on-Wheels at (817) 558-2840 or (972) 351-9943, or on the Web at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.