Need comes in all shapes and sizes, but in order to receive help, it typically costs a fee.
“We have people that are only getting food two or three days a week because they can’t afford to pay for five days a week and we would like to be able to take them food every day,” Meals on Wheels executive director Rita Kaperak said.
Terre haute area Meals on Wheels has been serving the town for more than four decades. That’s two meals a day for $5 for senior citizens, the disabled, sick or homebound.
“I’ve always gotten along with them and they’ve always been so nice, they’ll do anything for you to help out and everything,” Meal recipient MaryJane Rowe said.
For Rowe, the extra visit a day helps her with tasks like taking out the trash.
“Even though it’s only two steps, by the time I get down I’m worn out,” she said.
The number of recipients continues to grow, whereas volunteers to provide the meals dwindles. With the 14th annual nationwide Meals on Wheels celebration coming up for the month of March, a jail and bail event is in the works.
“We’re going to be locking up community leaders if they haven’t raised their bail for their arrest,” Kaperak said.
Many from the community will be asked to raise $1,000 for the program. If they don’t they will have to ask for bail.
“The plan is to go to Mace Ford with the people and there will be a phone bank where they can gather funds from their friends and people they know but hopefully they will do that before they come,” program board member Pam Grimes said.
The goal is to reach $20,000, if they beat the goal, they can provide assistance to those who can’t afford the daily cost.
“So anybody that’s interested in having somebody arrested or knows of somebody who should be arrested… Please give our office a call.”
All of the volunteers with Meals on Wheels drive to individual homes weekly to provide food. The group is always looking for volunteers to help, even if it’s only one day out of the month, as they plan to expand their serving area.
Those interested in being jailed are asked to contact the program office or turn to their Facebook page for more info.