Meals on wheels

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By Nikita Britt into a part of DeKalb County.

And ac­cord­ing to Cari Mordt, vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, sev­eral churches work to­gether each week­end to make sure there is food to de­liver.

Her church, Cony­ers First United Methodist Church, fa­cil­i­tates by pro­vid­ing the kitchen in which meals con­sist­ing of meat, two veg­eta­bles, fruit, bread and a car­ton of milk are made.

Mordt at­tributes the suc­cess of the pro­gram to the do­nat­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers and all the vol­un­teers.

“A lot of peo­ple are in­volved,” she said.

She ex­plained how there are shifts of crews who cook meals on Fri­days, heat and pre­pare them Satur­day morn­ings and de­liver them be­fore the end of the day.

Just keep­ing the pro­gram up and run­ning is top pri­or­ity to Mordt and oth­ers a part of the pro­gram.

“We’ve been in the com­mu­nity for decades and never had prob­lems de­liv­er­ing meals, whether there’s a snow­storm or lack of fund­ing …,” said Mordt, who’s also very hands-on with de­liv­ery.

“My daugh­ter, who is 17, and my fam­ily have been de­liv­er­ing since she was five,” Mordt said. “We know meals on wheels from ev­ery as­pect.”

She ad­mits that de­liv­ery is re­ally the coolest part. It’s how vol­un­teers get to meet the shut-ins, hear their sto­ries and af­fect their lives.

“It is im­por­tant that folks check in on them (re­cip­i­ents) on the week­ends,” said Mordt, re­call­ing one vol­un­teer who en­tered a woman’s house to find the kitchen on fire.

For­tu­nately, he was able to put it out in time.

“That’s amaz­ing that we can be there,” Mordt said.

De­liv­er­ies are made ev­ery Satur­day and on Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas.

Any­one who would like to be in­volved can ei­ther help fi­nan­cially or help with pre­par­ing meals or with de­liv­ery.

Con­tact Mordt via her of­fice phone at (770) 9226206 or her cell phone at (770) 815-1247.

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