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.

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