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Summer vacations strapping Meals on Wheels

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With different seasons, come different reasons for volunteers to step away from the local Meals on Wheels program.

In winter, it's ice and snow.

And many volunteers take the summer off to travel or for medical reasons, can't get out in the heat.

Field Supervisor Ellen Stockhecke says now is no exception to the need for more volunteers.

"The volunteers not only deliver this hot meal to the client each day, but they are the eyes and ears for us out in the community," said Stockhecke.

Right now, Meals on Wheels has about 200 volunteers to deliver around a six county area.

For people who can't see well to cook like Anna Mae Parsons, these volunteers are a vital part of the day as well as a pick-me-up.

"It's a wonderful, wonderful project," said Parsons. "And I'm very proud of all of them. The volunteer workers are good. the food's always good."

A volunteer delivers anywhere from ten to twelve meals on their own time and gas. Stockhecke says they need a license and a willingness to help out.

And one of the perks of the job?

Free lunch.

Brenda Willer and her husband Gene started volunteering on Mondays this past winter to fill a void.

"We wanted to give the other drivers a break during the holiday and we enjoyed it so much that we just kept on doing it," said Willer.

Organizers put their volunteers on neighborhood routes, so the ten to twelve meals takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to get done.

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