Meals On Wheels Needs More Volunteers

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The Hilton family has spent the last two years waking up at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings. They head to Meals on Wheels where they pick up coolers and their assigned route - then, they spend the morning delivering meals to those who need them.

Michele Hilton said, "It feels good because I think sometimes, when you get there you kind of want to visit with them if you feel like you are the only interaction they have with the community."

Now the non-profit organization Tabitha is looking for more families like the Hiltons who can deliver these meals to the four hundred people who need them.

With recent food stamp cuts and tough economic times more people really need this extra meal.

Peter Mullin, the Director of Tabitha's Meals on Wheels program, says that the spike has been dramatic - there's been a 25 percent increase in the number of people within a year.

And since the organization is searching for more volunteers, he wants to reiterate that volunteers will get the chance to meet some incredible people in their community.

"Interesting people, maybe people who are hero's of WWII or the Korean war. People who've done amazing things in their lives and travel around the world. You learn their stories and it connects," said Mullins.

To Mullins, it's not just dropping meals is building relationships.

While the idea of volunteering can seem daunting to those who have a busy schedule, it was Michelle Fricker's first time volunteering on Saturday and she says, "It was really well organized. They come in and tell you what to do."

Mullins also reiterates that anyone who chooses to volunteer for the program can do so only once, if that's all their schedule allows.
The program just wants to make sure that no one in the community is left hungry that day.