Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive


Beau Cabell

Wesley Dawson, left, and Preston Evans bag bread for sacks of groceries to be given to clients at Loaves and Fishes. Screened clients receive over 3,000 bags of food every year in the program

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home.

Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia who receives home-delivered lunches from Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia each week. She suffers from arthritis, spinal disc issues and fibromyalgia, which makes it difficult for her to stand for a long time and cook.

Until Hatcher got off the wait list for Meals on Wheels, she said she ate a lot of sandwiches on the days she didn’t feel up to cooking. Now, she knows she’ll always get at least one nutritious meal a day. And she also knows that someone will stop by to check in on her.

“Some days I’m really not feeling well, and it just helps me for somebody to see that I’m OK or not and just to see a person with a smiling face,” Hatcher said.

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