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Special deliveries in Morrisville

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Nicole Corey of Morrisville has been receiving Meals on Wheels since her recent discharge from the hospital; she couldn't be more thankful.

"It's something I don't have to stand at the stove and make; that's what I mean by a lifesaver," she said.

Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County serves around 41,000 meals every year to more than 450 seniors. On Monday, Corey's meal was delivered by someone who spends a lot of time in our state's capital, Vt. House Speaker Rep. Shap Smith. It's part of the March for Meals month, which invites state and federal officials to deliver meals In hopes of creating awareness and some extra buzz.

"They don't actually get a lot of contact with people on an everyday basis. And this is the only contact. It's nice to go in, say hello, and see how they're doing," Rep. Smith said.

Corey enjoys having the extra company. "Sometimes they do come in and sometimes they come in and put it right in the refrigerator, before I have a chance to move," she said.

Mike Green, who suffers from poor vision, is another local senior who appreciates Meals on Wheels. He not only enjoys the company, but says the food is tasty. "I think the advantage of Meals on Wheels is that they have all of the good chefs," he said.

The funding for Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County comes from a variety of sources:

  • 39% state and federal funding.
  • 35% fundraising and grant activities.
  • 26% community support (including town funding and client contributions)

The non-profit group's Brynn Evans says fundraising efforts are more important than ever before, because state and federal aid keeps slipping. "About five years ago it made up about 47 percent of our budget and now it's 39 percent. A lot of that is due to increasing costs that we've experienced," Evans said.

But the added efforts are keeping them afloat. And before we know it another generation of Vermonters will be giving back to the community too. "My hope is that the kids at some point, maybe this summer, will go out and do the deliveries for the program," Rep. Smith said.

Actions like these will help keep the meals coming -- and faces smiling.

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