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Montgomery Meals on Wheels program adds new delivery route

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Gas and groceries are two things that are costing more for everyone right now, but that’s not stopping the Montgomery Meals on Wheels program from continuing.

“Even though our food costs have increased, we have remained committed to feeding seniors on our client list,” said Donna Marietta, CEO of the Montgomery Area Council On Aging.

The program delivers meals to elderly people in the capital who would otherwise struggle to shop on their own.

Food is sourced from vendors at lower cost. Supply chain issues have slowed the process down at times, but that hasn’t stopped them from serving 428 hot meals every weekday.

“The need is there and the need during COVID has increased,” Marietta said.

More and more people are confined to their homes in the community, Marietta explained. Despite the obstacles, the program is scaling up to meet the demand.

The Meals on Wheels program has added a new route in the city. It covers the Seth Johnson area along Narrow Lane Road.

“As soon as we felt we could make the financial commitment to add more people, that’s what we did,” she said.

To succeed, the program needs more hands. Community members are invited to volunteer an hour of their time to help with the deliveries.

Organizers admit it’s more of an engagement with the higher petrol prices.

“It’s something we can’t control,” Marietta said.

She hopes volunteers will join the cause of “citizens who have worked hard all their lives, but now need our help.”

Those interested in volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program can call the Montgomery Area Council on Aging at 334-263-0532.

They need both drivers and meal makers to pack food.

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