Mealing, Wheeling, Dealing

As the price of gas rises, many people are faced with giving up the things they would normally enjoy doing.

James Davis, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, says, "We wouldn't give up this at all. It hasn't stopped us from caring for these people who really are in need in our community."

James Davis is talking about Tallahassee's Elder Care Services’ Meals on Wheels program, a program that delivers meals to those who are homebound, ill, or frail.

Davis says he spends about $25 on gas per route, others even more.

The Meals on Wheels program does not reimburse drivers for gas. The volunteers say that their payback is knowing that they're helping those in need.

George Pfeiffer, a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, says, "It's hardly a sacrifice, quite frankly. You think of all the people that are benefiting from what we're doing, you quickly resolve that it's not of issue."

Carol O'Domski, Director of Meals on Wheels, says, "We try to make the routes as efficient as possible to help our volunteers so they go in a more condensed area, if at all possible. That's the best we can do."

Bill Morris, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, says, "The people that we meet and the need that they have, we would never consider stopping it regardless of what the price of gas is."

The director says even if prices continue to rise, the dedicated volunteers would keep coming.


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