ST. JOSEPH, Ill. (WCIA)– Volunteers need help delivering food to seniors. It’s part of their Meals on Wheels Program. People who help every week say they can’t do this alone. They say numbers have been going down over the last few years. One community leader told me the grocery store that prepares the meals has been leaving messages asking for someone to come pick up food. That’s when he knew something had to be done.
Every week members of Church of Christ deliver meals to seniors in need. It’s part of Meals on Wheels. “It’s more than just food. It’s help for their life. You know, investing in them,” said Kipp McDonald of Church of Christ. Lately the Church of Christ has had a hard time finding volunteers willing to help out. “There are times when someone can’t deliver and there’s no list of substitutes to call,” said McDonald.
When that happens, it creates problems for those who depend on the service each week. “If nobody can deliver, there’s no way for them to get their food, and most of these people that we deliver to are elderly. A lot of them are shut in,” said Mcdonald. The food is bagged by one of the grocery stores in town, and the few volunteers they do have come from several area churches, including Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
“I think numbers are dwindling. Some of the people that we’ve had even here at the church we’ve had have passed away,” said Vicky Hastings of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Now they’re hoping to bring new life to this program, and provide more than just a hot meal. They want to warm hearts too.