August 18, 2010

USA: Still delivering meals at 100

. BOB KEELER, Staff Writer of Souderton Independent, a newspaper of Montgomery News of  Fort Washington, PA published this news on August 18:
Hilda Stock, center, who just turned 100, is still delivering Meals on Wheels. At left is daughter Joan Snider. Harry Clinton, at right, holds a copy of a booklet of his poems. Souderton Independent photo - Bob Keeler Only one of the people served by Meals on Wheels of Indian Valley is older than Hilda Stock. The Silverdale woman doesn’t get deliveries from Meals on Wheels, though. She makes the deliveries. On Aug. 12, she turned 100. Five days later, Stock was at Generations of Indian Valley in Souderton with her daughter, Joan Snider, for their regularly scheduled two or three times a month runs. Souderton resident Harry Clinton, another volunteer who is generally scheduled for Friday deliveries, but also stops in each day to help out if somebody else that’s been scheduled for that day can’t make it, says he only makes deliveries to young people, not old ones. Clinton celebrated his 91st birthday on Aug. 17. “Both of these volunteers are older than the people they serve,” said Pat McQue, Meals on Wheels coordinator. “We think of it as deliveries to frail, older people, and here we have people doing it at 100 and 91,” said Doug Eschbach, Generations executive director. Meals on Wheels doesn’t always celebrate the birthdays of volunteers, McQue said, but this was a special occasion, calling for some birthday cake before setting out on the Aug. 17 deliveries. Snider and Stock have been volunteering as a Meals on Wheels delivery team for about seven years, but Stock’s been at it quite a bit longer. She previously volunteered with a sister-in-law in the days when the Indian Valley deliveries came out of Lutheran Community at Telford. Other previous providers of the meals included Peter Becker Community and Souderton Mennonite Homes before the program moved in late 2006 to Generations, then known as SAAC of Indian Valley. Stock continues volunteering, she said, “to help out and I enjoy doing it.” “She enjoys the people, too, that we meet,” Snider said. Clinton has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for about 10 years, but that’s only part of his volunteering. Most of his days are filled with driving people to places such as medical appointments or grocery shopping. “Tomorrow, I have two hospital runs, I have at least two doctors and I have one shopping,” Clinton said. “That goes on every day.” There was time, though, for Clinton to also celebrate his birthday by being taken out to eat on two different days by daughters. Clinton also distributes poems he has written to those with whom he volunteers. The Meals on Wheels of Indian Valley serves the six municipalities in Souderton Area School District — Telford, Souderton, Franconia, Lower Salford, Salford and Upper Salford — as well as Hatfield. Deliveries are made Mondays through Fridays, with the delivery including a hot meal for lunch and a cold one for the evening. The people served are homebound and older than 60. There are about 180 volunteers, McQue said. © Copyright 2010,