Meals-On-Wheels celebrated their Week of Champions this week with elected officials, community leaders and sports figures participating by delivering food to locals.
The Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency's Meals-On-Wheels, with an office in Lebanon, requested Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's help delivering meals on Thursday. Hutto journeyed to the homes of three shut-in seniors with volunteer Bill Probst.
Hutto explained that he was on the Mid-Cumberland Board and wanted to meet some of the folks the program served. "We are hoping to gain some publicity and get even more people involved," he said.
Site Manger Maggie Brazil presented information to The Wilson Post regarding seniors in the area. It read that one in six seniors are hungry, with 3,451 seniors at-risk in Wilson County. Tennessee ranks fourth in the nation with the highest rate of hunger among seniors.
Meals-On-Wheels assists individuals age 60 and over, by providing a nutritious meal five days a week. They also offer companionship during the visit.
Brazil said the program receives some government funding and has partnered with United Way, but always appreciates donations. "Clients can always pay for their meals services, too, but we are always in desperate need of funding. Then we could take care of more people" she said.
Probst has been a volunteer for the past eight years - something he chose to do to honor his mother. "I wanted to give something back to the community. My mom did not get Meals-On-Wheels, but I wanted something like that for her," he said.
Brazil added that deliverers form relationships with meal recipients because they see them on a daily basis. "I always ask if they need help with anything else and what is going on."
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