Then and Now: Meals on Wheels

In this photo from August, 1974, a Meals on Wheels volunteer
delivers lunch to client Fred Breisacher. The program was
established in 1973 and more than 600 meals were served in
the first year.

Then: A dozen doorbells rang—almost in unison—at the lunch hour on Sept. 4, 1973.

Volunteers stood on stoops with Styrofoam coolers in hand, each piled with foil-wrapped, nutritious, hot meals, waiting to be delivered to the home-bound or needy individuals on the other side of the door.

Now: Meals on Wheels is still a meat-and-potatoes kind of program, both in the nutrition it provides to the dozens of clients that rely on its services and its crucial function in Hastings.

Clients today receive much the same meal as those served in the 70s—a hot plate of meat, potatoes and vegetables, a slice of bread, milk or juice, and a salad or dessert.

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