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Meals on Wheels needs funding

November 14, 2006

Valdosta - Eighty-six year-old Florence Weldon lives at home alone.

Although she has family in Valdosta, she often finds it hard to do common house hold chores herself.  "I'm legally blind and there's just a lot of things I can't see to do like I use to so I'm just thankful for anything," she says.

To help her get through her day, Break Bread Together, Valdosta's meals on wheels program, delivers her a warm meal 5 days a weeks. Weldon exclaims, "I'm just thankful for the meals on wheels you know."

But her favorite part is the companionship they offer.  "We try to give them a little bit of fellowship, some conversation, a hug because sometimes we might be the only person they see that day," says Susan Sheridan, a BBT official.

The program, in it's 33rd year, is dangerously close to making their last delivery.  "Our costs have gone up just like anything else and we depend entirely on donations.  With the funds we have right now, we have about 3 or 4 months of money," Sheridan adds.

If they shut down, that means Weldon and the 44 other elderly residents the program serves will have to seek other ways to get that daily meal.  But some of them don't have any other options.  "They are not able to cook themselves so they'd just have to eat whatever they find or whatever they can get somebody to bring them," Sheridan says.

And they'll loose the companionship that they treasure.  "All the women that bring my food by are really nice and I appreciate that," Weldon says.

To learn more about Break Bread Together or how to donate/volunteer, click here.

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