Reporting Liz Collin
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It may be one of the best known programs where volunteers serve up a hot meal each day.
Metro Meals on Wheels is made up of 40 meals-on-wheels programs in the 7-county metro area, and WCCO-TV visited Keystone Community Services in St. Paul to see how it all works.
It was the start of the lunch rush where volunteers, each of which serves nearly 100 meals every day, packed up to head out.
Judy Miller started volunteering three years ago as a way to make a connection with the community.
“It’s really rewarding and a great experience,” Miller said.
Organizers know that experience can mean much more.
Dianne Gustafson is the vice president of Keystone.
“It’s kind of about security. We like to check on them make sure they’re OK and so the volunteers go and check that they are safe and get their hot daily meal,” Gustafson said.
Miller is one of 200 to volunteer for Meals on Wheels through Keystone.
“We absolutely could not operate without volunteers,” Gustafson said.
As far as the customers like 90-year-old Alberta Pearson, they seem satisfied.
“Oh it means so much. I don’t have the energy at 90 to do the cooking now and this helps tremendously,” Pearson said.
To find out more about Keystone or to volunteer for Meals on Wheels click the links below.