By Wayne Allen
After it was decided by Greenup County Meals on Wheels volunteers to close at the end of July, community volunteers and organizations banded together to save the program.
According to released information, the Greenup County Young Democrats and Emmaus Respite and Resource Center have taken over the program from previous leadership.
According to www.greenupmealsonwheels.com, “Greenup Meals on Wheels was started in August of 2005 when the need was made known by local hospitals. A small group of volunteers with a total of $125 in hand, decided to step out in faith and start the program.” According to program information, Greenup Males on Wheels serves the cities Greenup, Wurtland, Raceland and Worthington. Deliverers are made Monday through Friday. Volunteers drove 5,300 miles and delivered 8,611 meals in 2012.
“The continued support of our elderly and disabled population is tantamount to a morally just and thoughtful community. If not for Meals on Wheels, many of these individuals would face crippling hunger and a lonely existence,” said William A. Sccaggs, president of the Greenup County Meals on Wheels Board of Directors in a released statement. “Along with delivering meals, we also bring to people a daily smile, conversation and check in. Often you hear of a Meals On Wheels volunteer finding someone alone in their home, in need of assistance with no way of contacting anyone. For those reasons, (we) sought to keep the program alive and work to make it better and more responsive to people’s needs throughout our area.”
In addition to Sccaggs, the Greenup Meals On Wheels Board of Directors include Kara Milholand, vice president, Rhonda Howerton, secretary, Mike Dennis, treasurer, Markie Madden, Gary David Sizemore, Mason Branham and Amy Nelson. For more information about the Greenup Meals on Wheels Program visit, www.greenupmealsonwheels.com or find the on Facebook.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT