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KWWL News Anchors deliver Meals on Wheels

Hundreds of eastern Iowans depend on Meals on Wheels to put food on their tables each week.

Several of the KWWL anchors visited some of the seniors benefiting from this program and met volunteers who keep it running.

On a recent weekday morning, the same regulars that show up every week congregated at the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo.

 "It's a good feeling. It's a really good feeling. My mother is in the same situation in Decorah and I'm glad we're able to do it," volunteer Jo Bowes said.

Because of volunteers like the 58-year-old, the non-profit is able to deliver hundreds of meals daily.

Ron Steele and Tara Thomas tagged along with Glen and Pat Sears on their route.

One of the first stops, 88-year-old Mildred Diehm's apartment.

"Lots of 'em are my age that are still going strong and don't need it. But then there's others that need even more help than what I do," she said.

Just down the hall, Bud and Esther Longeran welcomed the hot meal with open arms.

The 89-year-old is a World War II veteran who went on an eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

"It's good. It's just wonderful. They bring us food that we really like," he said.

He's one of hundreds of clients in the agency's 10-county area getting meals every weekday except holidays.

"The true people on the ground that are making it happen are the volunteers that we have driving all over the 10 counties to provide those meals to take them right to the home. So if we were responsible for that on our own, we really couldn't probably do it," said Mike Isaacson, Executive Director of Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging.

Isaacson says seniors age sixty and up who are homebound would be eligible for the meal delivery program.

The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging depends on federal and state funding plus dollars from the United Way to keep its many programs going.

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