An exciting milestone was reached by a popular program that caters to area seniors. Meals On Wheels of Northwest Indiana announces that they have served it's six millionth meal Wednesday night. Because there is still a need for the program it's a number that is both troubling as it is amazing.
Ron Donahue, a member on the group's Business Development Committee and one of their volunteer drivers, says many seniors use the program because a lot of the times their kids are grown and moved out of the area. "So, there really is no other way they would get a hot meal" served at home."
Donahue says there are other benefits to the program because the same driver delivers the meals, "aside from the meals...it's also someone checking in on them (seniors) everyday...and there's been cases where they've identified a need for somebody to go to the hospital."
While the program continues to serve those in need, Meals On Wheels is in need of volunteers and monetary donations and Donahue says they simply want to get the word out, "There's people in our Region that don't understand Meals On Wheels is out there."
To learn more about the program or to volunteer log onto: http://www.mealsonwheelsnwindiana.org/
Meals On Wheels of Northwest Indiana is located at 8446 Virginia Street, Merrillville, IN 46410. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8a.m.-4p.m. (219) 756-3663.