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Meals on Wheels deliveries resume following winter storm

Posted December 11, 2018 1:27 p.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2018 2:51 p.m. EST

— Even though the roads in Durham were still not completely clear on Tuesday morning, some people ventured out to help others in need.

The Meals on Wheels hub in Durham was bustling as volunteers prepped means to take across the county.

Drivers were not able to go out on their normal routes on Monday, but they were able to plan ahead and left extra meals with their clients on Friday, ahead of the winter storm.

On Tuesday, volunteers said they were willing to take on a little bit of risk to deliver meals to those in need.

"The people that we serve, they can't get out. They have no vehicles, no transportation, so it is up to us to make sure they get fed," said Solomon Wells, a volunteer. "I think about if I was in that situation, someone helping me out. If I can get out, I'm going to help them."

Executive Director Gale Adland said Meals on Wheels is an "essential service."

"Every time we’re delivering a meal, we’re doing a status check on our clients. Today, we’ll be able to find out if any of our clients don’t have power, or perhaps they have medicine they weren’t able to pick up," Adland said. "For a lot of our clients this is the only meal they receive every day."

Jianna Wells, 11, spent her snow day volunteering with her father.

"I really like it because they’re really happy when I give them the meals," she said.

Luzania Thompson, who received a meal on Tuesday, said her meal came as a pleasant surprise.

"I definitely was not expecting it today," she said. "It’s nice to see a smiling face, and a warm meal...some days the only person I do get to see is the Meals on Wheels volunteer."