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Meal A Day needs Thursday driver for Como/Pickton route

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Got wheels, time to burn, a valid driver’s license and a desire to help others? If so, the Meal A Day program has a place for you — as a driver for the many meals served to program recipients.

“Meal A Day is in desperate need of a Como/Pickton driver on Thursdays. If you are interested in Volunteering a couple of hours of your time for your community please give me a call at 903-885-1661,” said Karon Weatherman, program and marketing director for the Senior Citizens Center and Meal A Day.

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.

“This route is out in the county so it is a long route,” Weatherman said, noting that knowledge of the Como-Pickton area or ability to read and follow rural driving directions are important for this route.

Meal A Day is a food program run Monday through Friday by volunteers, who cook, package and deliver meals to seniors who are shut-ins and are unable to cook for themselves.

The program receives money from Hopkins County United Way, 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 week day in time for lunch, it’s also a very plentiful meal as well.

Anyone interested in volunteering on Thursdays as a driver should contact Weatherman at 903-885-1661 or at the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

 

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