Meals on Wheels Deliveries Double as a Welfare Check

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Day after day, home after home, Meals on Wheels delivers food to people in the community, but they were delivering safety as well Tuesday.

For Lewis Perkins, going door to door is nothing new. He worked for UPS for 32 years, but what is new is that he now has time to chat.

"Then you didn't have time to stop and talk to someone if they wanted to talk a little bit," says Perkins.

The talking is nearly as important as the delivery according to coordinator Martha Wilkerson.

"Not only deliver the meals but, the good part, our clients get to visit with them, and sometimes that's the only person that they might see that day," says Wilkerson.

With the first major heat of the summer season, Meals on Wheels deliveries often double as welfare checks, making sure the people inside are staying cool.

"I'm just in the habit of keeping my eye open and seeing what's going on. I don't usually ask a lot of questions, but I can look around and see what the situation is," says Perkins.


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