Updated: Oct 6
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Where there's a will there's a way and volunteers at the Shepherd's Center in Kansas City are determined to make sure that Monday through Friday, senior citizens have a hot meal delivered to their door.
"I've been to the doors. I've been to our seniors and without what they received from the Shepherd's Center, I worry," Shepherd's Center executive director Janet Baker said.
Staff and volunteers realize they are not just delivering food.
"It's an important program from a nutritional standpoint; but probably more importantly from a psychological and spiritual one," Bill Kalahurka, a volunteer driver with the meal delivery program at Shepherd's Center KC, said.
Hannalore Jahier takes care of her husband and receives meals from the Shepherd's Center.
"It's such a beneficial help since I am the caregiver of my husband and a meal everyday is so beneficial and so appreciated," Jahier said.
Because of the social distancing order, Shepherd's Center volunteers in the kitchen wear gloves and masks and stay six-feet from each other as they package the meals.
Drivers also wear gloves and masks stay in the car while the meals are loaded.
During the delivery at the home, the meals are placed on the clients door, and the delivery driver knocks or calls to say the meal is there. Delivery drivers stay six-feet back while they talk with the home-bound seniors to check on their welfare.
The Shepherd's Center KC serves 13,000 meals a year.