Meals on Wheels delivers to clients

2014-01-08T17:45:00Z 2014-01-08T23:44:06Z Meals on Wheels delivers to clientsChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
January 08, 2014 5:45 pm  • 

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana was back in action Wednesday.

Volunteers and staff resumed meal delivery after the organization was unable to supply meals Monday and Tuesday because of the extreme cold and dangerous driving conditions.

"Everything went really well," Sandra Noe, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, said of Wednesday's deliveries.

Meals on Wheels sent groups of two to deliver meals in the event there were no places for drivers to park, Noe said.

With two people handling delivery routes, it could help them make deliveries quickly and keep drivers safe.

Meals on Wheels delivers more than 1,500 meals daily. About 950 of the organization's clients are homebound.

Noe said there were two residences in which Meals on Wheels was unable to deliver on Wednesday.

In one of the situations, the road was not passable, Noe said. Meals on Wheels couldn't access the door of the other residence.

The organization was addressing both situations Wednesday afternoon.

When meals weren't delivered Monday and Tuesday, Meals on Wheels called its homebound clients to check on their well-being.

Last week, the organization also provided extra meals to clients.

As Meals on Wheels was busy getting food to clients, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana was attending to a waterline break Wednesday that closed its Gary facility.

Megan Sikes, the food bank's communication/advocacy director, said no food was affected by the water that leaked into the building at 2248 W. 35th Ave.

"We got really lucky with that," Sikes said.

The break sent water into the food bank's warehouse area, which is where the organization accepts and distributes food, Sikes said.

After shutting off the water supply, workers began cleaning the area.

Until the facility is cleaned and the waterline is repaired, it will remain closed, Sikes said.

The organization, which supplies food to about 100 food pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter counties, hopes to have the line fixed Thursday. If that happens, the food bank could reopen Friday, Sikes said.

Residents in need of food assistance should contact local agencies before traveling to them to ensure they are open, Sikes said.

Contact information for agencies associated with the food bank is available at www.foodbanknwi.org or by calling (219) 980-1777, Sikes said.

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