Meals on Wheels of Lee County
For many senior citizens, maintaining independence is the key to self-worth and well-being. Staying in one's home as long as possible, as opposed to moving in to an assisted living facility, allows a person to feel in control, but there may still be some tasks that are simply too difficult. For example, preparing a hot, well-balanced meal may be beyond what some seniors can handle due to physical or financial constraints.
In Lee County, Meals on Wheels, a program offered through Methodist Senior Services, is the answer for approximately 100 older adults. Operated out of Traceway Retirement Community, Meals on Wheels receives no federal funding. Instead, the program relies on local grants, United Way of Northeast Mississippi, and generous donations from individuals and businesses, not to mention about 300 volunteer drivers.
Volunteers sign up for a regular route as their schedule permits - whether it's once a month or several times a week. The process is made easy: the volunteer picks up the boxed meals in a warming case at a designated restaurant and receives a list of recipients in a given geographic area with detailed driving instructions. Each route takes approximately one hour. After the meals have been delivered, the volunteer returns the warming case to the restaurant, and the job is done.
Recipients appreciate the meal and the chance to say hello to a friendly face. In some cases the volunteer may be the only human contact the resident has the entire day. Volunteers feel the satisfaction of feeding the body and feeding the soul at the same time.
Thank you to Meals on Wheels for providing nutritious meals to our seniors and helping them live independently!
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