Violet Nutt, 85, was enjoying the sunlight coming through the picture window of her daughter Sheila Jackson's home in Williamstown Wednesday when city councilwoman Barbara Lewis showed up at the door with a hot lunch of ravioli from the Wood County Senior Citizens Association Meals on Wheels program.
"I'm not able to get up and fix meals, so they're delivered five days a week, Monday through Friday," Nutt said. "And it's a different meal every day."
Jackson said her mother has benefited from the program for at least two years and began receiving the meals where she formerly lived in Parkersburg.
SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times
Violet Nutt, 85, of Williamstown is served a hot meal of ravioli by city councilwoman Barbara Lewis, standing in for Mayor Jean Ford, during Wednesday’s Meals on Wheels outreach by mayors in Wood County.
Lewis, who was delivering the meals on behalf of Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford, said Meals on Wheels provides a needed service for the community.
"We're so thankful for the county senior citizen and Meals on Wheels," she said. "And we hope more people will take advantage of this service as well as volunteer some time to help with the program."
The Mayors on Wheels program is a national initiative to bring attention to the Meals on Wheels program and occurs during the program's annual March for Meals campaign.
Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell also participated Wednesday.
Lewis, accompanied by Stephanie Deem, Home Helpers marketing director for the senior citizens group, delivered seven meals in Williamstown Wednesday.
"Typically we deliver around 135 meals throughout the county daily," she said. "We have two full-time drivers now, but volunteers are always welcome."
For more information, or to volunteer, contact the Wood County Senior Citizens Association at (304) 485-6748.