Thank you to Ken and Alice for delivering more than just a meal! Alice began delivering meals back in 2000 after a friend recruited her to volunteer for Meals on Wheels. When Ken retired in 2002, he decided to join her in delivering. When Alice was no longer able to deliver due to physical limitations, Ken decided he would continue to deliver alone. Delivering for Meals on Wheels is important to them because they’ve seen so many seniors in our community who are unable to provide for themselves and do not have family and friends to look out for them as well. They say that is enough motivation to give their time once a month to deliver.
Ken says he enjoys the interaction with the clients and even used to deliver mail to one of them back when he was working for the Postal Service. He now gets to deliver meals to her and he enjoys hearing how the family is and talking with her. He says he has taken tours of homes, pet the clients’ animals, done some minor things to help them out, and listened to the clients’ stories of days gone by. All of these things have proved rewarding for him personally as well.
On top of retiring from the postal service, Ken serves as a committeeman on the Carneys Point Township Committee, he plays trumpet and sings with the Salem Legion Band, and he is an Army Vietnam Veteran. We are so lucky to have him as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Salem County!
If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer for 2 hours, once every four weeks as a driver as well, or how you can volunteer at our annual Giant Pumpkin Carve, please call our office at 856-935-3663.