Meals on Wheels has been delivering hot meals to the elderly for years, but now volunteers are getting harder to come by. Jack Bryson has been a driver for Meals on Wheels for nine years. One day a week he drops off food to 11 different homes. Bryson said, "Once you have delivered the meals, you find that you get more out of it than the people you are delivering to. I really enjoy it." He's not the only one who enjoys the program. Kathleen Ellis and Monroe Butler have meals delivered to them. Ellis said, "the food is one thing that is very important, I appreciate that so very much because I don't feel like preparing and I wouldn't eat that well; plus it is so nice to see friendly faces." Butler said, "Having meals delivered to me is nice very nice. It helps me out I have got bad knees." Monroe and Kathleen are the lucky ones. Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers to get out there and help. The New Hanover Department of Aging Coordinator, Wendy Exposito, says "if we're short drivers we only have a 2 hour time period where we can get these meals out and the meals don't get served so people go hungry." Bryson says to drive for Meals on Wheels all he does is go to the Senior Center, get his car packed with about 10 meals, then take them to different homes along his route. He says he’s done in about an hour. Delivering meals is only one part of the job and may not even be the most important! Bryson says "for the most part you are the only person they see out there all day in most cases. They want to talk, so any time that you can spend with them they really appreciate it." For more information on how to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer, visit the New Hanover Department of Aging senior center on College Road.
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