Meals on Wheels Provides Real Deal

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Thursday, February 09 2006 Feb 9, 2006 Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:50:53 PM CST February 09, 2006 in News

But, it takes money to run the program. Trent Miller delivered meals when he was a Westminster College student. Now, he's helping again through the Big Wheels fundraiser that sells lunches for the program.

"There's a lot of people who are less fortunate than most of us," Miller said. "So, I think it's a good way to help them."

Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered lunches to local businesses that bought them.

Columbia's Meals on Wheels has 140 volunteers, plus extra help it can call on. About 20 volunteers serve 150-250 meals each weekday. Because the program relies so much on volunteers, and because of high gasoline prices, Meals on Wheels fears losing them.

"Volunteers do use their own automoblies and their own gasoline," explained Executive Director Marcia Walker. "But, they only deliver once a week, and the average one drives less than 15 miles."

Walker admitted the Columbia chapter can use more volunteers. The Big Wheels fundraiser will run this Friday as well as next Monday. Meals on Wheels expects to make at least $12,000 from the event.

For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 573-886-7554.

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