Meals on Wheels holds 11th annual March for Meals Day in Lynchburg

Meals on Wheels holds 11th annual March for Meals Day in Lynchburg (Photo: Noreen Turyn)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A number of Lynchburg residents got some special visitors knocking at their doors Tuesday.

Meals on Wheels held its 11th annual March for Meals Day, where they invite community leaders to ride along and help volunteers on their deliveries.

Lynchburg Police Chief Raul Diaz and Lynchburg Fire Chief Brad Ferguson were among them as well as City Council member Randy Nelson.

Jean Yates, a local volunteer, has been delivering for Meals on Wheels for 17 years in the same neighborhood.

Folks like Gladys Patterson are always happy to see her and chat.

For the volunteers and the people relying on them, it has become so much more than just a food delivery.

"You see the flower rack out here? said Delores Wright, who relies on Meals on Wheels. "She asked me what that was for and it was empty last year and she brought in flowers and planted them and they were impatiens and they bloomed so profusely beautifully."

Sometimes, the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only human contact they'll have that day.

"Some of the doors, they can't get their vacuum cleaner plugged up or can't get the top open on their milk carton," said Yates. "They may need their trash taken out, so we do all those things."

But the meal itself is a life saver for people like Gloria Nash, who has macular degeneration and can't see well enough to fend for herself.

"I mean there's days I can't cook at all and I really rely on my meal," Nash said. "For people like me, it's important."

And for volunteers like Jean Yates, it's pretty good for them as well.

"I will stay with meals on wheels until I can't walk anymore," she said.

Meals on Wheels gets no government funding, it operates solely on donations, so they're thankful they won't get impacted by the federal budget.

Because of that they have no age restrictions either, their youngest recipient right now is 24 and the oldest just turned 104.

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