Volunteers working hard to feed those in need
Volunteers from Eastern Montgomery Meals on Wheels know the importance of providing service with a smile five days a week as they offer nutritious meals and warm grins to those in need.
“We deliver [meals] and make people happy,” said Bob Kreisich, who has been volunteering for seven years.
Meals on Wheels has been a staple in Abington Township for nearly 30 years, serving residents of Abington, Ardsley, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Elkins Park, Glenside, Jenkintown, Melrose Park, Roslyn, Rydal and Willow Grove.
Newly located at 1177 Old York Road in Abington, Meals on Wheels delivers hot and cold meals prepared byAbington Memorial and Holy Redeemer hospitals Monday through Friday to members of the community who are homebound.
Meals coordinator Nik Nickens said meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day. At a low price to the client, each individual receives a hot meal like chicken, potatoes and vegetables, and a cold meal that usually consists of a sandwich, cranberry juice and a piece of cake.
“Our meals are low sodium and we also offer clients a diabetic option, which is low in sugar,” Nickens said.
He added that upon request, Meals on Wheels will provide clients with an extra meal on Friday for Saturday.
“Our goal is to help people who are homebound and can’t get their own food themselves,” said Ed Skilton, former president of the Meals on Wheels board.
There is no limit to how long a client is able to benefit from the service.
“We have some clients that are young, living alone and are temporarily getting meals and then stop once they have recovered,” Skilton said. “Other clients we’ve had for many years.”
With the ability to serve 60 to 70 clients a day and nearly 40 volunteers who help deliver meals throughout the week, Nickens said that they aim to serve as many people in the community as they can.
“We want to provide meals to those on a long-term or short- term basis,” he said. “All our volunteers enjoy doing this … sometimes we are the only people our clients have contact with all day, so we like to provide conversation [too] … We have become friends with our clients … it keeps the community tight.”
Volunteer Ayal Feinberg said his father, David, has been volunteering for many years. He said he recently jumped on board as a substitute delivery man when his father could not make it. Now after two years of volunteering, he said he really enjoys it.
“I enjoy the conversations that I have with the people I serve,” he said. “It’s not about the food, but the conversations, meeting new people and making sure they are OK.”
To learn about Eastern Montgomery Meals on Wheels or to volunteer contact Nik Nickens at 215-885-2206 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.