Meals on Wheels up and running despite cold in Sheboygan County

NOW: Meals on Wheels up and running despite cold in Sheboygan County

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The elderly are among the most vulnerable in this bitter cold and leaving their homes can be life-threatening. Meals on Wheels in Sheboygan County decided they will stay open all week to help seniors get a hot meal.

On top of the regular volunteers, several area businesses helped out Wednesday morning to make sure all the meals were delivered.

While many people were hunkered down indoors Wednesday to escape the bitter cold, staff and volunteers at fresh meals on wheels Sheboygan County rolled up their sleeves and got to work in the kitchen knowing people in the community need them more than ever.

"Most of the people we serve food to are over the age of 75 and just don't get the opportunity to get out very much especially when it's so cold outside,” said Fresh Meals on Wheels Executive Director Allison Thompson.

Hot, nutritious meals were provided to 300 people at their doorstep Wednesday morning by 60 volunteers who braved the frigid elements to deliver to as many as 14 homes each.

 “They're just excited. They are usually just like waiting by their door or waiting at their table for a volunteer to drop off their meal. Our clients are so grateful for what we provide for them and we keep people safe and alive and in their homes for a really long time,” said Food Service Director Janine Dickens.

If you or someone you know wants to receive meals or volunteer, they are always looking for new faces. For more information click here.

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