Kiwanis Thanksgiving meals offered flexible delivery options this year

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 5:27 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Meals on Wheels doesn’t stop their deliveries just because it’s Thanksgiving. In fact, they go above and beyond on the day to make sure senior citizen gets a traditional Thanksgiving meal delivered on time for dinner.

J.P. Snyder has a Thanksgiving tradition with his family every year -- delivering meals to senior citizens. His daughter was in the car on Thursday morning helping him with directions and the family worked as a team delivering the food to nine homes.

“You went one over!” Snyder’s family exclaimed.

“I thought it was Oakland!” Snyder laughed.

As coordinator for Noon Kiwanis Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels, Snyder had a big responsibility before taking his route, however. That was, getting the substitute volunteers squared away on their routes.

“Our club members [at Noon Kiwanis] came out to volunteer, to deliver the meals so that regular volunteers could have the day off,” Snyder said.

Meals on Wheel’s kitchen manager, Cody Carter, worked with Snyder early in the morning to get the meals cooked and routes mapped out.

“Today we did turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and a green bean casserole and the fourth floor residents [at Quincy Family and Resource Center] will have all the same,” Carter said.

Last Thanksgiving, Meals on Wheels went completely contactless due to COVID-19. This year, recipients could once again, open their doors to the volunteers.

“A lot of the recipients like seeing new faces, so they get a joy out of meeting new people,” Snyder said. “If they don’t want contact, they’ll have a cooler on the porch and we’ll deliver the meals in the cooler, ring the doorbell and walk away. If they don’t have a cooler, we get to knock on the door, present the meals to them, chat with them for a little bit, and that’s the fun part, ,is getting to know them.”

While this contact delivery put Snyder more at ease knowing the seniors definitely got their meals, he’s glad he had the contactless option to give to seniors who still wanted it.

And to show their appreciation, the Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club donated a $1,000 check to Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels regularly takes place Monday through Friday.

If you would like to volunteer, or need to sign up, call Carrie Dyel at (217) 592-3653.

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