Winter Weather Creates Challenges For Meals On Wheels
by Lindsay Nadrich, KHQ Local News Reporter - email
SPOKANE, Wash. - For
Meals On Wheels in Spokane, the snow means more people are counting on the hot
The program currently
serves 235 seniors in the community and 80 through the senior center. During the
cold winter weather, the need for the program is even greater.
"A lot of our seniors
who receive meals are extremely fragile and do not go out Monday
through Friday," said Meals On Wheels Executive Director Mollie Dalpae. "In the summer, spring and fall where it is a
little nicer weather, they might have one or two days where they get out do a
little shopping or things like that and they just do not dare do that because of
a broken hip could be a fatal fall."
Therefore, during the Winter months, volunteers like Constantine Petropoulous are busier.
"They are more
dependent on the meals I believe in winter time than the summer time, so you
have a few more deliveries because you have more people dependent on the meals,"
With each door-to-door
delivery, it is apparent just how much it means to the people who need it.
"Most of them
only get one hot meal a day and this is the one," Petropoulous said.
provides meals to the seniors seven days a week, but there is more to it than
just the food.
"They cannot get out,
a lot of them, and for a lot of them, you are the only person they see during
the day," Petropoulous said. "The other aspect of this is you have to check on
them to make sure that they are doing fine."
While the food is the
reason for the delivery, building and maintaining relationships becomes a big
part of the experience.
"It is a good need for the people and you
get to know some of the people and strike up somewhat of a relationship,"
Petropoulous said. "These people are in need of a service that needs to be
On Wheels always needs volunteers. It has an event coming up on February
14th that the program really needs people to sign up
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