, Port Arthur, Texas

March 20, 2013

One meal at a time; Program provides nutrition to elderly in need

Mary Meaux
Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Sometimes a simple gesture has a lasting effect on others.

Nederland Mayor Pro Tem Bert Rogers teamed up with Meals on Wheels driver Jerry Brown for a mid-morning trip to deliver hot nutritious meals to area seniors on  Wednesday in observance of National Mayors for Meals Day.

The duo received a warm welcome from Diane LaPoint, director of the Ritter Senior Center, upon their return to the center, small ice chests in tow.

“They (recipients of the meals) are so appreciative, everyone has a smile on their face,” Rogers said.

Rogers was especially impressed with Brown, an 83-year-old volunteer driver who is a favorite along his route.

“He introduced me and I’m giving these meals and they’re waiting for it and are very trusting,” he said. “You can feel it.  It’s really something. Those volunteers need accolades and they don’t ask for it, do not ask for it at all.”

The Mayor Pro Tem said the delivering of meals and the appreciation from the seniors made him feel good on the inside and gave him an appreciation for what they do and for what the senior center does.

Wednesday’s event  was held in several locations across the area with the mayors of Beaumont, Port Arthur, Groves, Kountze and Silsbee taking part as well as Rogers.

Brown, who has volunteered as a driver for three years, was proud to assist Meals on Wheels.

“I try to give a little something back,” the senior citizen said. “Try and help the old folks.”

The active senior citizen had plans for the rest of his afternoon — going home to paint, he said.

Rogers, likewise, gleaned something positive from the event.

“It makes you feel good to know there is something like that being done in our community and that needs are being taken care of through the center. I wish more people can go out and witness this.”

Nutrition & Services for Seniors delivers hot, nutritious meals to nearly 1,400 homebound seniors in Jefferson and Hardin counties every weekday. For many seniors the daily visit by a Meals on wheels volunteer is the only human contact they have all day. In addition to delivering meals, the program provides these seniors with a daily check on their health and well being.

For more information on the Meals on Wheels program, volunteer opportunities or make a donation, call Nutrition & Services for Seniors at 892-4455.


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