Meals on Wheels keeps up with demand despite pandemic
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Meals on Wheels is continuing to provide food to home-bound seniors during the pandemic, even though they’ve seen a 60 percent increase in the clients they serve.
Edwina Veal became a driver for Meals on Wheels over six months ago, amid the pandemic.
“To me, it was just a job but now it’s a great experience to deliver for the elderly, disabled, people who really can’t help themselves with a meal,” said Veal.
Veal quickly grew into the role quickly because she knows many of the clients from growing up in the area. She says providing this essential service means a lot to her.
“I have fun doing this,” said Veal. “I walk away knowing that somebody has a meal for today.”
Javonna Latimore — acting director for Meals on Wheels — said they have been able to keep up with the increased demand from donations and additional funding. She said Meals on Wheels is more than just a delivery service.
“We also provide pet food for our seniors that do not have funds to purchase pet food,” said Latimore. “We do wellness checks, and we also do a senior chat where we have volunteers call our seniors regularly to see how they’re doing.”
They remind those with elderly or disabled neighbors to check on them.