Meals on Wheels program in need of donations - WKRN News 2

Meals on Wheels program in need of donations

MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

The Meals on Wheels program is in desperate need of donations to continue feeding those in need throughout the community.

Meals on Wheels is the largest organization in the United States that offers meal services.

"Overall, our 13 counties have over 225 senior citizens that we can not feed that are on our waiting list, it's tragic," said Mt. Juliet Meals on Wheels site manager Bobbie Joe Caldwell.

According to Caldwell, last year the non-profit organization had a federal stimulus package that helped feed the needy.

"This year we do not [have the federal stimulus package], so that puts us in a huge deficit of about $300,000, which is why we have a waiting list now," she explained.

Caldwell told Nashville's News 2 the program thrives on donations, sponsorships and volunteers.

Rosalie Middleton is just one of many that spend time volunteering with the program.

"My mother had Meals on Wheels until she was 94 and I always said I would repay them for what they did, so this is why I do it," she said.

On Monday, Middleton was delivering a meal to one of her favorite recipients.

"I think Mr. [Henry] Searcy is my favorite because he always has a smile on his face," she said.

The 85-year-old man, who only has one leg and no running water told Nashville's News 2 he depends on the meals each day.

"It feels good. I know that it is coming every day," Searcy said.

According to Caldwell, it costs around $83 per month to feed a local senior citizen in the community 20 meals.

"So many of these seniors would be in some kind of a nursing home if it were not for our food that we are able to deliver to them everyday because they wouldn't be able to eat," she said.  

Click here for more information on Meals on Wheels.

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