Delivering Meals and Smiles

By Haley Burton

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Many people spend their Thanksgiving giving back to the community.

Volunteers by the dozens join Meals on Wheels of Broome County to deliver meals this holiday.

Meals on Wheels delivered around 150 Thanksgiving lunches and dinners to clients all over the County.

Veteran volunteers and a few new ones joined at their location on Walnut Street. They waited for the truck to pull up and then loaded boxes into their cars to drop them off to seniors in Broome County.

"I do it twice a week for seven months, October to May. I've been doing it for 18 years," said Arden Young, Binghamton, "It's an enjoyable job. That's why I keep coming back. When I go home to my Thanksgiving, I feel I've done something."

"They make my day. You get so much more out of it than you ever give," said Mary Jane Westbrook of Binghamton. Westbrook has been volunteering for six years.

"I do it just to give back to the community. It's a great program," said Art Lester, a volunteer for 14 years from Binghamton, "I've been doing it long enough so I know the routes and most of the people."

There were 18 routes on Thanksgiving Day. Meals on Wheels of Broome County delivers in Binghamton, Chenango Bridge, Conklin, Kirkwood, Harpursville, Windsor, and Whitney Point.

The Meals on Wheels program is ran through the Broome County Office for Aging. You can contact them at (607) 778- 6205

People living in Endicott, Endwell, Johnson City, Vestal or Maine can contact Meals on Wheels of Western Broome at (607) 754-7856

You are eligible for Meals on Wheels if all of the following apply:

1.You are age 60 or older and live in Broome County; and
2.You are incapacitated due to accident, illness, or frailty; and
3.You are unable to prepare meals for yourself; and
4.You have no one available on a regular basis to prepare meals for you.
Eligibility for Meals on Wheels will be determined by trained, professional staff who will visit you at your home. Reassessment for eligibility will occur yearly or more frequently if needed.

Each weekday Meals on Wheels clients receive a hot meal for lunch and cold food items for dinner.

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