RALEIGH NC (WNCN) — In Wake County alone, volunteers ride Meals on Wheels more than 250,000 miles each year to deliver groceries to domestic workers.
As gas prices rise, so does the cost for volunteers to keep their wheels turning.
Alan Winstead, executive director of Wake County Meals on Wheels, said this isn’t the first time the organization has faced more than $4.00 a gallon.
“It affects us, it doesn’t scare us,” Winstead said. “We definitely worked with people, we had some funders who came and donated some fuel cards, so we were able to share those with volunteers.”
For some, increased gas costs mean less volunteering.
“Some volunteers certainly need to take a break, and we understand that, and then they come back,” Winstead said. “Some volunteers continue to deliver, but they may just reduce the frequency with which they volunteer.”
For Kenney Denney, who works with Wake County Meals on Wheels, he says filling up the tank is worth the price to make sure people get full.
“I love volunteering because it helps people,” Denny said. “I feel like it’s worth it because, once again, helping people fills me up and as long as I can afford it, I will do it.”
Winstead said the organization is always looking for more volunteers, especially at times like these when others may have to scale back.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/despite-record-prices-meals-on-wheels-volunteers-keep-delivering/ Despite record prices, the volunteers from Meals on Wheels continue to deliver