Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers in Burkburnett

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Meals on Wheels program in Burkburnett is in dire need of volunteers.

Right now, there are about 75 people that get meals delivered every day and only a handful of volunteers.

Frank Scobee has been doing it for ten years and says it's more than delivering a meal.

"Some places that we deliver to, that we may be the only person they see all day," said Scobee.

"Think that you're all by yourself at home, and you're basically stuck in your house and can't leave," said Frank Ducos, with the Senior Citizens Activity Center in Burkburnett. "There is one person that comes to see you and it's us, Meals on Wheels."

Executive Director, Roberta Martin had to push routes together and make a waiting list because there aren't enough volunteers.

"You start to feel helpless because you can't help them (when) they really need it," said Martin. "You're not in a position to provide them the help that you know they need."

Martin will normally see nine volunteers come in to deliver. Some will deliver five days a week.

"You're trying to protect the seniors that you're serving," said Martin. "You're trying to protect the seniors that are coming in to dine, and you're trying to protect the seniors that are delivering. It can be very stressful."

Meals on Wheels needs 45 people to pick a day to deliver so everyone who needs the meals can be served.

"They really become part of your family," said volunteer Hugh Ferguson. "You see them day in and day out."

You can get more information by visiting the Burkburnett Senior Citizens Activity Center on East 5th Street or by calling 940-569-0821.

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