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Meal A Day Center looking for more volunteers; program needs of drivers, cooks and clean-up crew

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Hopkins County Meal A Day Center depends on volunteers every day to prepare, serve and deliver lunch to roughly 130 older or disabled residents each weekday but also to clean up the kitchen afterward. But Mea-A-Day is now in desperate need of more cooks and another driver, people who can to help relieve the burden of the faithful volunteers who have been doubling up on their workload to make sure the job gets done.

“A lot of the cooks have been working at Meal A Day for the past 8 to 10 years,” said Karon Weatherman, who oversees the program as part of her duties as program and marketing director for the Senior Citizens Center. “Most of them have been cooking at least two days a week and are just worn out. Nearly all are in their 70s and 80s. We’re going to be losing about five cooks — two or three of them are coming in two days a week to help out. If we could get some more volunteers, these cooks would not have to work so hard.”

Weatherman said the number of cooks has fallen largely due to health issues for the senior volunteers. One has been sick for a few weeks, another is recovering from a major bone break.

Cooks are given everything they need daily at the center. While additional help is needed most days, the greatest need for cooks is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The work is usually complete by 1-1:30 p.m. weekdays.

“The menus, food and recipes are provided for every cook. I just need some volunteers to help cook the food, pack it up for delivery and then clean up the kitchen after we are finished for the day. We really need some men that can lift heavy pots and pans,” Weatherman said.

Meal A Day is also losing a driver to deliver meals to Meal A Day recipients in the Como-Pickton area. The current driver heard of the need while looking for employment and has been filling in, but has been lucky enough to obtain employment and won’t be able to continue donating his time as a driver, Weatherman explained.

The Como-Pickton route is a Wednesday route and generally takes no more than 2 hours, from pickup to delivery time.

“If anyone from that area would be willing to drive that meal route I would appreciate it,” Weatherman said. “If we have community service workers they can help, but we do not get them on a daily basis,” Weatherman said. “If anyone is interested in volunteering please call me at the Senior Citizens Center at 903-885-1661.”




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