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What It's Like to Be a Meals on Wheels Volunteer

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KENNEWICK, WA- Meals on Wheels delivers about 500 meals to the elderly daily. They start their day preparing food in the kitchen of Kennewick Senior Center. After the food is packaged and packed into hot bags the volunteers get into their cars and start on their routes. 

Barbara Strait has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for two years. We went with her on her Finley route. She told us when she first got the Finley route, "they said Finley, there's five of us who start together and Finley? Where's Finley? I grew up here but never been to Finley all my life". She is retired and has lost her husband but she looks forward to volunteering and has gotten to know the people along the way. 

She puts together their meal with dessert and a carton of milk and walks it to their door. After a brief discussion and sharing a smile to brighten their day, she's onto the next home. 

The people receiving the meals were very thankful and all had the same appreciation for the meal that is already made for them. Meals on Wheels told us a big part of why they do what they do is, "they're not motivated to cook it or they're unable to cook it or maybe it takes so much effort to prepare the meal that they're not able to eat it because they're exhausted". Sometimes, elders will make toast or have some crackers to hold them over because of this issue and that adds to their bad health. With a Meals on Wheels dinner, they are getting a nutritious meal with good calories. 

Eight stops is about the normal day for Barbara.  After the eight deliveries we end up back to the Kennewick Senior Center to unload and prepare for the next day. 

The program is looking for volunteers if you'd like to help, call them at 509-735-1911 or visit their website