The Meal-A-Day program is in need of volunteers to prepare and deliver low-cost nutritious meals to Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County elderly shut-ins.
For the most part, the volunteers are a dedicated group who report regularly on their day to make sure meals are cooked, packaged and delivered to those who are unable to provide for themselves. Occasionally, due to illness, death or other personal commitments, the center loses a few volunteers. When that happens, program director Karon Weatherman puts out a plea asking for others who have a couple of hours to donate to step up and help fill the void.
Most recently, Weatherman asked for three cooks to help out on two different days and two drivers to deliver a route to recipients in the Como-Pickton area. Within the last week, she reported, “We got the Como-Pickton route filled and no longer needs a cook to fill in on Fridays.”
While very thankful for the help the program has received, Weatherman says the center is still in need of volunteers to help cook on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a driver to deliver packaged meals on an in-town route on Wednesdays. Drivers have only to show up at the Senior Citizens Center, load the ice chest (or chests) for their route and deliver the boxed meals to the correct addresses. Driver delivery pairs are also welcome.
Cooks generally report for duty at 7 a.m., and finish up preparing, serving and cleaning up by 11:30 a.m. No experience is required, just a willingness to help other program volunteers prepare meals at the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Dr. Volunteers can donate their services on one day or all three days, depending on their schedule. All help is appreciated, Weatherman said.
Meal-A-Day is a food program run Monday through Friday. The program receives money from Hopkins County United Way and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a small daily meal charge per individual. It is not a government program, does not receive any state funding, and isn’t for people who are already on state funded program such as “Meals on Wheels.”
In order to qualify for the Meal-A-Day program, the Hopkins County resident must be a senior citizen who is unable to cook for him/herself, doesn’t have anyone who can cook for them, and either lives alone or with an elderly spouse who is unable to cook. All participants are asked to pay $2 a day for lunch, which will be delivered to their home at lunch time five days a week. The rate is not only a bargain considering its a full meal delivered to their residence every weekday in time for lunch, it’s also a very plentiful meal as well, Weatherman said.
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