Meals On Wheels Is Serving Seniors

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Nobody should have to go without eating.

Volunteer, Jim Hatlelid does what he can to make sure seniors citizens aren’t left with an empty stomach.

But, more and more people need help.

Jim Hatlelid has been a volunteer for Meals On Wheels for about 5 years.

“It’s something that I can handle at my age,” said Jim Hatlelid, Meals on Wheels Volunteer.

Meals on Wheels makes home style, hot dinners for people 65 and older. Volunteers, like Jim, bring their vehicles, fill it up with meals, and spend approximately an hour driving to homes.

Once he arrives, he brings the meal right to the clients doorstep.

“Most of them are very grateful,” says Hatlelid.

With hundreds of seniors participating in the program, volunteers are needed five days a week.

“People should step up to the plate. All of us should give back to the community,” says Hatlelid.

Jim says that it’s easy to dedicate an hour of time.

“I know I’ve got 90 year olds that I take meals to,” says Hatlelid.

Especially when he knows he’s really helping someone out.

“I don’t have to cook. I can count on it,” said Ronald Trner, Meals on Wheels Client.

“I’ve got a pretty good crew. No one’s chewed me out yet,” said Hatlelid.

“Looks like we got some pretty good food here,” says Trner.

Dropping off a meal and knowing that someone won’t miss their lunch makes Jim excited to get to the next home.

Meals On Wheels: (Minot) http://www.minotcoa.com/about-us/employment-opportunities/volunteer/

(Bismarck): http://www.mealsonwheelsbismarck.org/

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