Local Meals on Wheels Needs the Community’s Help to Keep Serving Elderly

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Mountainburg Senior Center is worried it’s becoming too dangerous for them to deliver hot meals.

“I just don’t know what I’d do without them. I really hope that never happens,” said Cheryl Little who’s received Meals on Wheels for 6 years. “I look forward to it. I depend on it.”

Now, providing elderly like Little a meal everyday is in jeopardy. The Meals on Wheels director Trish Wagner said the car they use to deliver meals isn’t safe to drive anymore.

 “It’s very scary for them. They worry about it,” said Wagner.  “They get stuck up on the mountains with these vehicles with bad tires, or basically can’t make it.” 

Their car has a lot of responsibility. It’s duty is to deliver over 220 meals per week. And for many senior citizens that’s the only 5 meals they’ll receive.” 

 “It’s very important because some of the roads we go on. The condition they have to go on..it’s very rural,” said Wagner.

Little said Meals on Wheels does a lot more than just provide hot food.

“It makes a big difference. I look forward to the company. Sometimes she’s the only company I have,” said Little.

Wagner said the government funding they receive only goes toward the food, not the cars.

She hopes, with the community’s help, they can secure a better way to make sure senior citizens have something to eat.

 “Anything that is dependable and reliable, and is in better shape than the one we have,” said Wagner.

 “I really care for them, and they care for me. I really appreciate the program with all my heart,” said Little.

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