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Meals on Wheels gets back on track after snow

| Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

After missing a week of deliveries due to the snow, local Meals on Wheels organizations are back to work this week, serving nearly 100 residents.

Murrysville and Delmont Meals on Wheels were closed last week because of the weather. Each helps about 50 people.

The Murrysville volunteers deliver food Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Delmont Meals on Wheels volunteers make deliveries Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Members of both groups said clients were understanding about the service being canceled for the week.

Lynn Staab, coordinator for the Murrysville group, said the Emmanuel Lutheran Church youth group prepared emergency bags in January that were delivered to residents. The bags included peanut butter, tuna, canned soup, canned fruit and pudding.

Both MOW groups follow the Franklin Regional School District schedule. If school is closed, then the organization also is closed.

Doris Sheffler, a coordinator for Delmont Meals on Wheels, said the group doesn't want to risk the safety of volunteers when the roads are so bad that even school buses can't reach certain areas.

"We serve a lot of people who live in the country," Sheffler said.

Sheffler said the Delmont chapter didn't have any contingency plans for clients during the storm, but, she said, she hopes family and friends were able to help clients if needed.

Staab said clients were most concerned about the volunteers.

"Most of them were more concerned about the safety of the volunteers," Staab said.

Both organizations were back to work Monday preparing and delivering food.

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