Editorial

Volunteers with meal deliveries are appreciated

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

There's no shortage of ways people can volunteer in this community.

A story by reporter Amity Shedd in the Jan. 13 Southeast Missourian highlighted a meal delivery program for homebound seniors. The reasons these individuals can't get out vary. They could be receiving the meals on a short-term basis after surgery or need the service regularly because of chronic health problems.

Each day about 20 volunteers with the Cape Girardeau Senior Center help meet the needs through meal delivery. Susan McClanahan, administrator at the center and food columnist for the Southeast Missourian, said about 200 people are on the delivery route. She said for those who can get out, it's good to come to the senior center. Connecting with others is important and benefits the individuals.

Meals cost about $6, and McClanahan said those participating are encouraged to give $3. Meals are delivered within Cape Girardeau plus rural areas in the county including Gordonville, Allenville, Whitewater and Delta.

Delivering hot meals to the homebound and having a place for seniors to gather for breaking bread are valuable services. We appreciate those who volunteer their time and resources to make this possible. The meals are appreciated, and for those who can't get out it's likely an added blessing to see a friendly face and share a hello.

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