It's time for the 11th annual Meals on Wheels BBQ fundraiser.

Meals on Wheels Rowan will be selling BBQ provided by College BBQ in Salisbury from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Salisbury on Tuesday, March 12.

Traditional eating service with your choice of homemade desserts will be available at First Presbyterian Church on Fisher Street from 11 a.m - 2 p.m. and a drive-thru will be open on the Jackson Street side of the church from 11 a.m - 6 p.m.

Pre-ordered BBQ plates will also be available for drive-thru pick up from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at three satellite locations across Rowan County including Shiloh United Methodist Church in Granite Quarry, Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in China Grove and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Mt. Ulla.

The chairman of the BBQ Task Group, Kevin Pruitt, and past BBQ Chair, Connie Basinger wanted to make the BBQ plates more accessible across the county. All customers who pre-order can select the site where they want to pick up their plates.

“If I were headed home to China Grove, I would want to pick up my BBQ plates on the way home, and this is more convenient for folks who live or work outside of Salisbury,” Pruitt said.

The deadline for pre-ordered plates is Thursday, March 7. Only pre-orders will be available at pick-up locations other than First Presbyterian.

Delivery is available from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. for five or more plates. The deadline for placing orders for delivery is also March 7.

Each plate includes chopped BBQ, baked beans, slaw and a bun. Prepackaged desserts will be included in the drive-thru and delivery orders. Customers who eat-in can select from a variety of homemade desserts and enjoy iced tea or Cheerwine products.

This year will be the second time Meals on Wheels Rowan has offered “Eat One, Feed One” tickets. Customers can choose to purchase a $9 plate for themselves or purchase a $15 ticket so that they can enjoy a plate of BBQ and a Meals on Wheels participant will receive a donated meal during March.

“Imagine the impact we could make if everyone purchased an “Eat one, Feed One ticket?” Board President Tom Robinson said. “We could feed 50 of our neediest homebound seniors for two months.”

Past BBQ Chairman Basinger said this is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year as far as the number of people involved.

“It takes over seventy-five volunteers to set-up, serve plates, run the drive-thrus, deliver over 1500 meals and clean up throughout one day,” she said.

Those who want to help can sign up to volunteer for the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift or the 2-6 p.m. shift at First Presbyterian. Volunteers will be serving BBQ plates and delivering orders for lunch and dinner.

Volunteers also donate all of the homemade desserts. To donate a dessert or volunteer, contact Rose Jones at the Meals on Wheels office at 704-633-0352.

“We hope to double our sales this year. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide 3,000 meals for participants who cannot afford to pay the full cost of the meal program,” Pruitt said.

To purchase tickets or pre-order BBQ plates, contact the Meals on Wheels office at 704-633-0352 or purchase tickets on the website at www.mowrowan.org/bbq-fundraiser.

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