Meals on Wheels program has a guest driver 9.19

Written by David Green.

Morenci Kiwanis Club members and several other community volunteers have delivered food for years through the Meals on Wheels program.

Monday featured a guest driver through the “Big Wheels Deliver Meals” promotion. Throughout Lenawee County, elected officials and other community leaders took a turn behind the wheel to deliver lunches to area senior citizens in an effort to raise awareness of Meals on Wheels.

Police chief Larry Weeks joined Morenci mayor Russ Sutherland Monday to deliver the goods, although it was nothing new to Chief Weeks. He takes a turn delivering with the Kiwanis Club.

The home delivered meals program is intended for people who are at least 60 years old, homebound, unable to prepare a balanced meal and with no one to prepare a meal for them. Currently, 406 older adults receive meals from one of the seven senior centers in Lenawee County.

The value of the program goes far beyond the nutrition provided by the meal, says Morenci Senior Citizen Center director Sarah Weeks. The program also means guaranteed interaction with a friendly volunteer each day.

 

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