HONEY BROOK - National nutrition month was the ideal time for Meals on Wheels of Chester County, Inc. to hold their "Mayors for Meals" event. This activity was part of their "March for Meals" campaign to raise local awareness of senior hunger.
Across the region mayors, township managers and supervisors were encouraged to participate by picking up meals at the food provider's location and ride with volunteers on their delivery routes.
On March 22, Honey Brook Borough Mayor Frances Jacobs did just that. Jacobs, who has served the borough as mayor since 1996, shares a long history with the meal preparer, the Tel Hai Retirement Community.
As the beef stroganoff was being spooned into trays for transport, Jacobs recalled several family members' employment on the campus as well as a grandchild's participation in the site-based child day care program. Her grandson, Chris Lang, currently works in The Meadows Health Care Center kitchen where meals for this program are prepared. For decades, Mayor Jacobs has been a friendly visitor at Tel Hai and has maintained connections with borough residents receiving health care services.
Tel Hai resident Mac Chandler served as volunteer driver and offered a history lesson as well. He summarized the Tel Hai community's service over the past 20 years as the Honey Brook Chapter's meal provider.
Great distances to participants' homes necessitated the creation of two routes for delivery to ensure that meals arrived in a timely manner. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brad-ford, volunteers from Glenmoore, were on hand to deliver meals on the Honey Brook chapter's second route.
Recent speaking en-gagements in local churches by volunteers including Chandler and another Tel Hai resident volunteer, Bob Hoffman, informed the larger community of the program's need to grow in order to better serve local eligible participants.
This non-profit, county-wide program supplies well-balanced, nutritious noon-time meals to elderly and homebound individuals. Meals can be delivered to those who are homebound due to a handicap or recovering from illness or hospitalization, regardless of age or economic status.
The program is funded by recipient contributions, private corporate donations, and funds from the United Way. Before ex-panding the number of local residents to be served, however, more volunteer drivers must be identified.
Meals are provided Monday through Friday but the contribution volunteers make in the lives of program recipients lasts much longer. To learn more about this opportunity to volunteer in service to your neighbors, contact Daphne Dampman Hurst, Tel Hai Director of Volunteer Services, at 610-273-9333, extension 2010.