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More than 100,000 meals served through Seniors Plus

More than 100,000 meals were served through Seniors Plus Meals On Wheels program in Oxford, Adroscoggin and Franklin counties.

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Seniors Plus works to enrich the lives of seniors in Oxford, Androscoggin, and Franklin Counties. A big part of doing that is through their Meals on Wheels program.

The food in the kitchen at Seniors Plus get's an early start. On the stove at 4:30 AM most days of the week. When everything is prepared and packaged, full time employee Chris Randall puts the Meals on Wheels.

Chris Randall in the Seniors Plus Meals on Wheels kitchen. 

He's been delivering for Seniors Plus for two years. Every stop is an important interaction for the 400 to 600 consumers relying on food.

"A lot of in-home assessments as well, so I'm going in to our consumers homes. I'm meeting with them," said Randall. "Really just checking in to make sure that they are ok."

Jean Wyman and her husband signed up for Meals On Wheels after it was clear she couldn't cook anymore because of her tremors. It's been a huge relief knowing that their South Paris home is on the food delivery list.

"I don't know what I would do without them," said Wyman.

More than 100,000 meals were delivered to seniors last year. It wouldn't have been possible without the 25,000 volunteer hours put in by their more than 500 volunteers. Seniors Plus is looking for more people to help. According to Chief Operating Officer, Holly Zielinski, volunteers should be interested in helping to enrich a senior's life.

"I think a good volunteer is someone who has an appreciation for older adults, that understands in Maine we have challenges and we're independent," said Zielinski.

Seniors Plus helps more than just seniors in three Maine counties.The plus stands for the adults living with disabilities that the program also serves. If you'd like to volunteer your time with Seniors Plus, click here.