Local restaurateur Andy Sedino remembers one of his first lessons in giving. Growing up in San Angelo, Sedino has fond memories of a restaurant that opened its doors to feed a Thanksgiving meal to those in need.
Those memories are the inspiration that led Sedino, owner of Meat U Anywhere BBQ, to do the same. On Nov. 24, Meat U Anywhere in Trophy Club is serving the local nonprofit, Metroport Meals On Wheels’ participants and their families a free Thanksgiving meal.
Two seatings will be offered—10:30 a.m. and noon—at the restaurant at 91 Trophy Club Drive. The meal is open to any senior citizen who participates in Metroport Meals on Wheels deliveries and to senior citizens who eat meals at community centers including Keller, Southlake, Flower Mound, Justin, Roanoke and Haslet. Family members of the seniors also are welcome.
Sedino said it was an eye-opener to learn the number of senior citizens in the area who need assistance, with more than 350 receiving services from Metroport Meals on Wheels.
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“When we sit down with our family on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate, what do those families do?” Sedino asked. “This is more than about the food, it’s about feeding souls.”
Amy Powell, spokeswoman for Metroport Meals on Wheels, said this meal opportunity means much more than just a turkey dinner for the seniors, it allows them to get out of their home and socialize, which is something some rarely get to do.
"It is estimated that over 726,155 seniors in Texas are struggling with hunger, and 28 percent of seniors 65 plus years old experience isolation," Powell said. "Andy hopes to make this Thanksgiving meal a Meat U Anywhere tradition and influence the spirit of giving in others and our community."
Metroport Meals On Wheels serves as an advocate for elderly or chronically ill people who live in Northeast Tarrant, southern Denton and eastern Wise counties. The organization serves meals to seniors regardless of age or ability to pay.
To make a reservation for the meal, or for more information, including volunteer opportunities, call 817-491-1141 or visit the website at www.MetroportMOW.org.
Another Thanksgiving meal option for seniors is being held at noon on Nov. 18 at the Keller Senior Activities Center, 660 Johnson Road, right after a Bingo session at 10:30 a.m. The meal is free with a suggested donation of a canned food item. To reserve a spot, call 817-743-4370. In Roanoke, a free Thanksgiving meal is being served at noon at the Roanoke VFW, 705 Oak Street. To reserve a spot, call 817-491-1113.
Susan McFarland: 817-390-7840, @susanmcfarland1