Honoring those who help others


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Nancy Smith (left), an employee in the Dietary Department of Wallace Thomson Hospital, holds the certificate presented to her by Union County Meals on Wheels Chairman Lynn Mornane. The certificate was presented to Smith in honor of her 18 years of making the meals delivered by Meals on Wheels. She was presented with the certificate Thursday afternoon during a luncheon honoring Meals on Wheels supporters and volunteers.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Union County Meals on Wheels volunteers and supporters were honored Thursday with a luncheon at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

UNION — The volunteers who deliver the meals and the woman who has prepared those meals for the past 18 years were honored Thursday by Union County Meals on Wheels.

Each year, Union County Meals on Wheels holds a luncheon to honor the volunteers who, using their own vehicles, deliver meals to the elderly and other needy individuals in Union and Buffalo five days a week.

This year’s luncheon was held Thursday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity and volunteers enjoyed lunch and fellowship together.

One difference between this year’s luncheon and previous ones was that Meals on Wheels publicly recognized a very special guest for her hard work providing the meals delivered by the volunteers.

Nancy Smith is employed in the Dietary Department of Wallace Thomson Hospital where for the past 18 she has, in addition to her other duties, prepared the meals delivered by Meals on Wheels.

Smith was the guest of honor at Thursday’s luncheon, but didn’t know just much of a guest of honor she was until Meals on Wheels Chairman Lynn Mornane presented her with a certificate honoring her for her 18 years of preparing the organization’s meals.

“We have this picnic to thank those who give to the community through Meals on Wheels,” Mornane said. “The drivers, Barbara Rippy who gave us $25,000, and Nancy who has prepared our meals for the past 18 years.”

Smith thanked Mornane and the rest of the members of Meals on Wheels for her certificate. She said she enjoys preparing the meals delivered by Meals on Wheels because “I just love helping other people.”

Meals on Wheels

In 2014, Meals on Wheels delivered 22,228 meals to clients in Union and Buffalo and, as of the end of May, has delivered 7,610 meals this year.

Meals delivered by Meals on Wheels cost approximately $6,000 a month and the organization relies on contributions and other assistance to pay for them.

The meals are delivered by approximately 60 drivers, all volunteers, who work on a self-rotating basis.

Mornane pointed out that relief drivers are needed for each of the 10 routes the organization makes deliveries on, with at least one relief driver needed for each route. She said that retirements have eroded the group’s pool of relief drivers.

“Help us get a few good drivers for this,” Mornane said. “This is really a problem and we need help.”

Persons interested in volunteering to be a Meals on Wheels driver may call Lynn Mornane at 864-427-7974.

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