HED:Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary assists Meals on Wheels
By Eileen Bailey
Meals on Wheels is now able to serve an additional 10 residents thanks to support from another non-profit organization.
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary started providing 10 meals Feb. 23 to elderly residents served by the Meals on Wheels program.
The hot meals are prepared at Salvation Army volunteers and delivered by auxiliary members to residents who qualify for the free meals, said Lynda Moses, coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program, which receives funding from the United Way of Northeast Mississippi and private donations.
These 10 new lunches bring the Meals on Wheels total lunches prepared and delivered Monday through Friday to 110, Moses said.
“It (the partnership) is very important. It will take 10 recipients off the waiting list,” she said. “They are only serving 10 people now but they have the potential to reach a total of 20 residents.”
Donna Carroll, community resources coordinator for the Salvation Army, said the purpose of the partnership is to help people in the community.
“This is just an expansion of what we do,” she said.
The program is just one offered by the Salvation Army. Each weekday the Salvation Army offers a hot lunch at the army’s center on Carnation Street.
“We are in the business of feeding people,” Carroll said.
She said by taking part in the Meals on Wheels program the Salvation Army can expand its services to people who are considered “shut-ins.”
Meals on Wheels has been providing lunches to the elderly since the mid-1970s, Moses said. The meals are delivered by volunteers from across Lee County. In a year’s time, Moses said, an estimated 300 people will volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
To be a recipient of the Meals on Wheels program, residents must be at least 60 years old and unable to prepare a hot meal, she said.