LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – A celebration of service as Meals on Wheels is now available to Louisa County's elderly and disabled residents. More than 60 volunteers with the Louisa County Resource Council and Jefferson Area Board on Aging will make it possible to get food out to folks in need every day. On day one--18 clients--but program organizers expect that number to go up soon, as the food pantry stays busy.
"We feed more than 750 families a month food where they come and pick it up here and take it home and fix it, and we had to ask ourselves what about the people who can't get here, how do we service them, and that's how this began," said Earl Mielke with the Louisa County Resource Council.
Dinners for the Meals on Wheels program are prepared daily at the FeedMore Kitchen in Richmond. They are preserved through a cook chill method that preserves the nutrients in the food--and then delivered to 13 distribution centers throughout central Virginia. FeedMore leaders say this expansion in Louisa plays into a national effort to provide more services like Meals on Wheels to rural communities.
"It is hard to get these programs out to these rural counties; the folks tend to be very spread out, and it really takes great partners that are willing to work with you," said Executive Director of FeedMore Richard Shultz.
Research shows that seniors living in rural areas are more likely to age in place--and programs like Meals on Wheels allow those people to stay in their homes. And it doesn't stop here--Louisa is the first in a number of planned expansions.
"Early in the next calendar year, we will expand our services to the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George, and that's something we've wanted to do for a while," Shultz said.
Within the first year of this program, organizers are expecting to deliver 6,000 meals in Louisa.
If you are interested in signing up or volunteering with the Meals on Wheels program in Louisa County, you can call 540 967-1510 -- that's the Louisa County Resource Council.