The Meals on Wheels program relies on volunteers to feed millions of seniors across the country. On Jan. 24, local volunteers for the program were recognized for their service.
“It is extremely important in keeping our homebound persons connected to the county,” explained Debbie Royalty, president of the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County.
The League of Women Voters said they chose the local Meals on Wheels program for their 2018 community service award.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to have [them] come in and say out of all of [the other organizations] we’ve selected you,” said Patsy Morgan Runkles, a volunteer.
The award was presented as volunteers gathered at the Charles Town Presbyterian Church before starting their daily service delivering food to over 50 people.
Officials with the organization say it takes about five hours to prepare the food and two or more hours to deliver the meals across the county.
“Our volunteers are dedicated and they work real hard and they do it behind the scenes,” said Roger Dailey, President of the Meals on Wheels board.
However, they say the most important thing they deliver, can’t be consumed.
“The biggest part of the Meals on Wheels program is the visitation, often times we’re the only friendly face they get to see all day,” said Dailey.
The volunteers say they’ve grown to care for people as though they were friends, or even family.
This attitude is part of what led them to be chosen for the award.
“The compassion that they provide, the opportunities to go into people’s homes and check on them…The membership recognized how valuable a service it is, and how Meals and Wheels actually strengthens our community,” said Royalty.
The community service award is decided by the League of Women Voters in October of the previous year. They choose a local non-partisan non-profit to recognize.