|Meal-A-Day program running short of volunteer drivers|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 3, 2007 - One of the most helpful programs for elderly and disabled citizens in Hopkins County is in need of a little help itself.
About 120 people each weekday benefit from the Meal-A-Day program, and most are disabled or unable to pickup the meals from the center themselves and must rely on program volunteers to bring their meals to them.
At least five dedicated individuals volunteer their time and resources to deliver meals on six routes each weekday to make sure those in need of the reduced cost meals receive a little nourisment.
Some volunteers sign up to deliver the meals one specific day a week, others more frequently. Some are driving teams, and some sign up to fill in when other volunteers are unable to make the delivery on their designated day.
"We have several very dedicated drivers, some who have been donating their time for several years," Meal-A-Day Coordinator Karon Weatherman said Tuesday. "We have one gentleman who's been doing it for at least eight years. One driver's route goes to Pickton every day — that's about 60 miles. She also delivers here in town, too."
Currently, a few program volunteers are having to pull double duty, taking on an additional route on Wednesday and Friday to make sure the meals reach their destination. Weatherman was recently notified a Wednesday driver would no longer be able to volunteer time to the program, leaving the program short one driver.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for the Wednesday route, which requires delivering about 15 meals in town, can contact Weatherman at 903-885-1661. The route spans from the Senior Citizens Center across the Interstate on State Highway 154 south, and is estimated to require no more than 10 miles per day. Volunteers would be needed from about 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. An additional Friday driver is also needed for an in-town route.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for Meal-A-Day program for Wednesday or Friday, or any other day, should contact Weatherman at 903-885-1661 or at the Meal-A-Day center inside the the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.