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Congregate Nutrition Services, established in 1972 and Home-Delivered Nutrition Services, established in1978, provide meals and related nutrition services to older individuals in a variety of settings including congregate facilities such as senior centers; or by home-delivery to older individuals who are homebound due to illness, disability, or geographic isolation. For more information go to

Steven Kapp Perry, Utah - "A Helping Hand"

Image of Steven KappSteve, a well-known songwriter and playwright, is also a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer. Besides just delivering the meals, he has helped ease the pain and isolation of aging by shoveling snow, bringing in the mail, and opening a stuck bathroom door so a senior could get her medications.

Steve is also a volunteer for Reach the Children, a nonprofit organization which provides education, nutrition and vocational training for children and families throughout Africa. He worked in Kenya to build schools and harvest potatoes and sponsored two African students who lived with his family while they attended college. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he and his wife have traveled to 50 states, inspiring volunteers to give their time, talents and money to serve others. As a volunteer he creates Podcasts online for Meridian Magazine and Mormon Times featuring inspirational volunteer stories.

Submitted by Meals-on-Wheels, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah County, Utah

Betty Darling, California - "Takes Her Volunteering Very Seriously"

Image of Betty DarlingBetty Darling has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels since 1978. Rain or shine she uses her car and gasoline as she knows people depend on her to be fed. Her husband also occasionally helps deliver meals. Betty is also very active in her church, serving on many committees planning that serve the community.

Submitted by Meals-on-Wheels, Santa Monica, California

Karen McCandless, Utah - "Now Is Her Season to Give"

In Orem, Utah, Karen McCandless gets a "helper's high" from delivering meals to homebound seniors. Karen, an Orem City Council Member, also serves as a liaison to every board and commission in Orem. She uses her experience in land use planning to promote fiscal responsibility, transportation planning and quality of life. Karen says that "building strong communities is an ongoing effort."

Submitted by Meals-on-Wheels, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah County, Utah

Tom Moore Jr, Texas - “91 Year-Old Volunteer, Still Going Strong”

Image of Tom MooreTom has amassed honors, awards and the respect of legions during his days as a hard-charging district attorney, reformer legislator, compassionate attorney and self-styled liberal. Now at 91, and still practicing law everyday, Tom may have achieved the highest honor bestowed upon an attorney - judges no longer require that he wear a tie into McLennan County, Texas courtrooms.

For the past decade or so, Tom has been delivering lunches to about 20 people in East Waco. Everyone he brings food to is younger than he is as he has outlived many of those he has served. He has also recruited volunteers from his poker buddies. They'd rather deliver than not play cards with Tom.

Submitted by Meals-on-Wheels, East Waco, Texas. Original article by Tommy Witherspoon in the Waco Tribune Herald, June 1, 2009.