MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -The mission of Meals on Wheels is just as simple as it sounds; provide healthy meals for those who cannot afford them, or for those who are unable to get out of their homes.
"They're living in tough times, tight incomes," Mary Hudson of Meals on Wheels explains.
Every day, hundreds of meals are prepared to be sent out across middle Georgia. But now, there is a little something extra being loaded up; hundreds of meals, for pets are going to be delivered.
"Nutritious meals, just like you get from Meals on Wheels, we try to provide nutritious meals for their dogs or cats," Judy Carrigan says. Carrigan coordinates the animal food being paired up with Meals on Wheels. She works for the Macon Kennel Club. Carrigan says, she and Hudson both noticed something very unique happening with those getting food from Meals on Wheels.
"These are people living in poverty, taking on the extra expense of caring for an animal...they are able to open up their hearts and take on these animals and feed them, out of their own income."
Which is exactly what happened to Gaynell Bowman. Her dog, Big Boy, was a stray in need of a home.
"I said, 'well, I've got the yard...the dog house,'" Bowman explains.
And it was love at first sight.
"We got attached to him, so I said, 'well, might as well keep him.'"
Both organizations also noticed something else; many of those who owned a pet, were sharing their own food with their pet.
With portion controlled bags of food handed out for the pets, along with the food given for the people, sharing is no longer an obligation.
The Macon Kennel Club and Meals on Wheels are always looking for volunteers to help sort and deliver food. If you would like to help the Macon Kennel Club, click here. To help with Meals on Wheels, call Winnie Hinton at 478-745-9140.