ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday was the last day for a long-time employee of Meals on Wheels.
Lucille Crouch coordinated the Meals on Wheels program for the SOWEGA Council on Aging.
Crouch is ending her work with the program because of a new state policy that the council will begin enforcing Friday. She was honored this week by the organization for her 45 years of service.
Meals on Wheels volunteers are no longer allowed to take food to community members because of a new policy from the Georgia Department of Human Services that is enforced by the Division of Aging Services.
The policy requires every person going into the home of a senior to have a background check.
The SOWEGA Council on Aging will still administer the Meals on Wheels program. They have hired a company with a larger kitchen and staff to cook and deliver the meals.
The SOWEGA Council on Aging said it has pushed back the staffing change for as long as possible.
Enforcement of the policy goes into effect Friday. If anyone wants to apply to be served by the Meals on Wheels program, they should call the SOWEGA Council on Aging at (229) 432-1124.