Gas Prices Hit Meals on Wheels

Increasing gas prices are affecting several Meals on Wheels programs. Most meals are delivered by volunteers, and they are having an even greater need for volunteers now with gas prices so high.

Senior Citizens Services of North Texas' Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Patton told Newschannel 6 that they normally have 47 volunteers daily. Now, the number of volunteers has dropped to only 35 daily. Patton said gas prices are a top reason, they are lacking volunteers.

The Senior Citizens Services of North Texas' Meals on Wheels provided over 287,000 meals last year. Meals on Wheels helps mostly disabled and homebound seniors. They deliver up to 750 meals per day.

Patton says, "It's going to affect us a lot, you know for the gas prices to be going up. And it's kind of hard to get volunteers, anyway, but you know with the gas how it is, it's going to be even harder to get new people".

Patton distributed meals Thursday because of a lack of volunteers. She made 22 stops in just one day. Senior citizen recipients Johnny Milligan and Felecia Butler told Newschannel 6 how important it is for them to receive these meals, especially because of their physical conditions.

Johnny Milligan says "With my disability and everything, it's kind of hard. with meals on wheels it makes a lot a difference". And Felecia Butler says, "Meals on Wheels has helped me a lot. There have been times when I wasn't able to cook for myself, and they come right on time. By me being a diabetic, they send me the right kind of food, and I appreciate it".

Patton fears the high gas prices will continue causing an even greater drop in volunteers. In order to continue these services to our community, Meals on Wheels needs your help.

There are currently twenty openings for delivery drivers. Patton says even if you can only volunteer for one hour a week, it would be a huge help. The Meals on Wheels motto is, "You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give".

If you'd like to volunteer delivering meals for meals on wheels, you can go to their website at . Under the "How to Help" tab, you will find information on their Volunteer job description and delivery guidelines. Furthermore, you can make monetary contributions to help provide meals for seniors both at their senior centers and through Meals on Wheels.

Jessica Abuchaibe, Newschannel 6