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Pitt County Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers & donations

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Published: Jan. 3, 2017 at 8:57 PM EST
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The Pitt County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers and donations to continue delivering food to home-bound senior citizens.

After a two week hiatus during the holidays, Meals on Wheels volunteers are once again delivering food to community members who either can't cook for themselves or can't afford to.

Those people were provided with boxed meals during the holidays, but the Council on Aging says in order to continue feeding the hungry, they need some help.

Council on Aging Executive Director Rich Zeck says they serve approximately 245 meals everyday in Pitt County Monday through Friday, but they still have more than 100 people on the waiting list.

Zeck says, "These are people who really are hungry. You have food insecurities, and the Meals on Wheels meal is usually the only meal they'll have all day long."

Even if those people meet the criteria, he says they don't have the resources or the volunteers to add them to a route.

Zeck says, "Funding has been reduced by some major funders across the country."

Although they do receive some county funding, he says they mostly run off donations, which are critical to keep people from going hungry.

Zeck says, "When you deliver a meal, you're delivering hope, you're delivering love and you're giving back to people who have lost faith."

If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, you can call the County on Aging at 252-752-1717