Stop after stop after stop, meal recipients share similar reasons as to why they’re grateful for the service.
“It helps me have a meal before my caregiver gets here,” says another woman, sitting in a recliner in a darkened apartment. “If it wasn’t for Meals on Wheels, I wouldn’t have any food until like one, two o’clock. It makes a big difference. I’d go hungry because I’m going blind and I can’t cook.”
“Mainly because I’ve got where I can’t stand long,” says a man at another stop.
“This is a good program. I mean, old people need this program,” says a woman who lives in an apartment community where Aaron pulls a wagon of meals for delivery. “When I was first getting sick and I was still cooking, I burned up three pans of beans. Just went off and left them.”
“Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t eat,” notes another woman as to her reason for participating. “I’m not wanting to eat a lot anyway. So if they didn’t give me those Meals on Wheels, I probably wouldn’t remember to eat that day.”
Fortunately, the deliveries will continue in Ripley County now that help is rolling down the road: A $24,800 Coover Regional Senior Center Support Grant will allow the center to purchase two used vans for the Meals on Wheels program.
By Kaitlyn McConnell, writer in residence for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
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