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Meals on wheels doing well despite rise in gas prices

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Meals on Wheels is an organization that depends on its volunteers to drive food to people in need. But with the steep gas prices, the Tri-Ciites program has made a few changes.

They're accurately recruiting for volunteers, and changed the distance of routes.

Jim Cummins is just one volunteer who's taken a financial hit, partially because of the distance he has to travel, "in the early days, it would take a couple of hours to deliver the meals alone. So, they got a number of drivers and it's made quite easy," says the volunteer.

Cummins hasn't been hit hard by the gas prices, but some volunteers are considering changes to how they drive, "but today, I did learn one of our volunteers sold his SUV and got a small sedan so that he could get better mileage while he delivers meals," says Vanessa Watson of Meals on Wheels.

Watson says more volunteers on the streets means less travel time delivering meals. Meals on Wheels also compensates volunteers with 44 cents a mile on gas for volunteers requesting help.