Imagine being homebound, disabled or not being able to cook for yourself. So many people find themselves in similar situations and that’s where Meals on Wheels comes into play. Milford Meals on Wheels packs and delivers 550 meals each week (including extra for weekends) to residents of southeastern Kent County.
Suzanne Headly, the Milford Site Manager, organizes the program at The Waters Edge Church in Milford. Headly, who has been with Meals on Wheels for over 15 years, started off as a volunteer. “My husband started volunteering first and then I joined him,” said Headly. “Eventually the site manager retired and I took over.” Today, Headly manages 2 employees and over 23 volunteers.
For some Meals on Wheels clients, the program is temporary but for most it’s their only lifeline. Hunger, isolation and loss of independence can be huge issues for them. Not to mention, many are living on a fixed income. “There’s no charge for the meals,” said Headly. “We just ask for a volunteer contribution.” Insurance and state funding make up the rest of the difference.
The numerous volunteers are a true asset to Meals on Wheels. Greg and Carol Sikora, both newly retired, recently started volunteering at the Milford site. “We were looking for ways to fill our days,” said C. Sikora, “and we knew we wanted to give back as well.” It’s truly a family affair for the Sikora’s. They make the deliveries together and when their children are home, they help as well. “It’s really important that we teach our kids this kind of message,” said C. Sikora. “Too often you become self -absorbed and we don’t need that in this world.”
Holidays are usually associated with a special meal but not all of the clients have that option. Fortunately, some of the volunteers gather to prepare and deliver hot meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The staff and volunteers keep the program going but there always seems to be a shortage of them. “We are in desperate need of volunteers,” said Headly. If you would like more information on volunteering or receiving meals please contact Suzanne Headly at 302-535-3094.
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