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Meals On Wheels of Kingsport seeks volunteers

Katherine Scoggins • Jan 3, 2013 at 4:33 AM

Meals on Wheels of Kingsport, Inc., has been delivering hot, nutritious meals to qualified residents in our community since the early 1970s when Waverly Road Presbyterian Church donated the use of their kitchen to three women who started the volunteer effort.

Today, Meals on Wheels has 13 routes that cover nearly all the different neighborhoods of Kingsport, extending outside the city limits in the Bloomingdale and Lynn Garden Drive areas. A 14th route, which expands the service area in Bloomingdale, was recently added to assist those who have been waiting for six months to receive the noontime meals.

Over 250 meals are prepared and delivered each weekday, including holidays. Approximately 500 volunteers give their time and energy to keep Meals on Wheels moving. Out of those 500, 340 deliver the meals prepared by 160 volunteer cooks and kitchen helpers.

The volunteers come from all walks of life and age ranges. Many are working adults who use their lunch hours to deliver meals, while others may be older adults or families whose children are homeschooled.

Meals on Wheels of Kingsport could not operate without the generosity of United Way of Greater Kingsport donors and community members who are affiliated with local churches, service clubs, civic organizations, etc.

For information about Meals on Wheels, to request an application, or to volunteer, call United Way of Greater Kingsport at 423-247-4511, ext. 10. Also, be sure to check out the Meals on Wheels of Kingsport, Inc., Facebook page.

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