Edmond volunteers brave bad roads to feed elderly
EDMOND, Okla. – While schools are closed and many businesses are taking a snow day, volunteers at Edmond Mobile Meals woke up early to start cooking meatballs, mashed potatoes and all the fixings.
The slushy roads won’t stop them from delivering 200 meals all over the city.
Cristi Twenter, assistant director with Edmond Mobile Meals, said, “We now have 15 routes that basically cover the entire City of Edmond.”
While forecasters warn to brave the freezing conditions only if you have to, mobile meals workers consider themselves part of the necessary group that has to deliver.
Twenter said, “We tell them, ‘You need food, you need the nutrition, so we’ve got drivers that are more than willing to come out and bring the food to you. No matter what the weather is like, we’re going to be there.”
Over slick spots and unsalted streets, she made her way to Don and Judy Flynt.
Don Flynt said, “It has just been a life saver, it really has. I just never appreciated it this much.”
Because of various medical conditions, it’s difficult for them to leave the house.
They are beyond grateful they won’t have to fend for themselves.
Judy said, “I don’t know what we would have done without it.”
Twenter said, “We not only deliver a hot meal to them Monday through Friday but we do a face-to-face check in with them. We want to make sure they’re okay and that they haven’t been out in the weather or have fallen.”
Don said, “They do fantastic, getting out here in this bad weather. It’s just wonderful.”
Edmond Mobile Meals also has blizzard bags they give out to their clients before severe weather events.
Those are filled with non-perishable food, just in case there is a day when they can not make it out.