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Highlighting the Helpers: Meals on Wheels rolls on during pandemic

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It’s like a well-oiled machine in Delaware where Source Point is getting meals out to those who need them in Delaware County. There are new restrictions due to social distancing, but the volunteers here haven’t missed a beat. (WSYX/WTTE)

They're on wheels and they're under restrictions, but that's not stopping them from feeding those in need.

It’s like a well-oiled machine in Delaware where Source Point is getting meals out to those who need them in Delaware County. There are new restrictions due to social distancing, but the volunteers here haven’t missed a beat.

Volunteers at Souce Point call Karin "K.K" Kish the traffic cop. She moves volunteers' cars like an air-traffic controller where they wait for meals to be wheeled out, loaded up and dropped to those who can't get out of their homes.

Meals on Wheels must continue despite social distancing rules.

"We adapted very quickly," Amy Schossler with Source Point said. "We immediately changed our processes to include drive-through pick up with our meal bags for our volunteers.”

“We hang the meals in a bag on the door and we call them and let them know they are there, then we wait until we see they get the meal and we wave at them," Donna Kallis, of Powell, said.

Source Point delivers about 1,000 meals every day. Demand as gone up about 10 percent since the pandemic hit. But the number of volunteers has dropped as many of them are in at-risk groups for catching the coronavirus.

Schossler said Source Point lost about 75 volunteers but another 50 popped up in their place.

“People who are furloughed from their own jobs are coming in and helping us here," Schossler said.

Through it all, Meals on Wheels rolls on serving meals and more.

“Even from a six-foot distance or from the car I ask, ‘Are you OK today, is everything alright?’ So it’s just wonderful to know that most of them are still OK," Kallis said.


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