Bi-County Nutrition delivers a hot meal to elderly and handicapped individuals every day all year round, but the month of March is all about raising awareness for the Meals on Wheels program.
"In a days time we do about 500 meals a day, and that's Monday through Friday. If someone lives alone and they don't have anybody there on the weekends we do give freezer meals to those that need to extra help to get them through," said Wanda Carrico, Executive Director of Bi-County Nutrition.
Bi-County Nutrition has been running the meals on wheels program for the past 40 years, and delivered more than 100,000 meals in 2013.
Carrico said the program is an important asset to the community.
"Children aren't living here like they used to and staying around, so family isn't around as much. They are lonely, their spouses have passed on. We serve a lot of Veterans, because there is nobody to help them. One of the things they enjoy is someone checking on them Monday through Friday," Carrico explained.
Carrico said Bi-County Nutrition has more than 500 clients, and a lot of people on a waiting list, but funding is low and they can't afford to add any new routes.
"Due to funding, and too many people on a route, they're on a waiting list. We do need a lot more volunteers, they can cook in the kitchens, and we have four different locations," said Carrico.
One of the biggest fundraisers of the year is coming up, that can help with the lack of funding.
"For the last four years we've had elimination dinners. This year it will be April 5th, and its one of our biggest fundraisers. We have baskets we raffle off; it helps us to pay for gas, utilities, groceries, whatever we need," Carrico said.
For more information or to buy tickets call 304-622-2140.
On Monday local community leaders will be delivering meals as part of March for Meals. Be sure to tune in to 12 News for that.