Wood County Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels program receives $5,000 grant from Dominion Energy

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP)- The Wood County Senior Citizens Association’s Meals on Wheels program received a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy Tuesday afternoon.

Daily, the program feeds hundreds.

“We do feed 180 home delivered meals a day and at least another 20 congregate meals a day. Right now, I’m trying to expand our delivery services. We do have 150 people on our waiting list right now for Meals on Wheels,” says Nina Oats, the Nutrition Director with the Wood County Senior Citizens Association.

Dominion Energy says that the $5,000 grant is to support the senior’s nutritional access in the area in which they conduct business.

“Dominion Energy tries to be a responsible neighbor. We have a lot of facilities in the Wood County area and we try to give back to the communities in which we do business,” says Christine Mitchell, the external affairs representative for Dominion Energy.

The funds will be used to help expand their services and to continue to improve the program.

There are a handful of volunteers who work daily to make the operation possible.

“There’s a lady, she’s always excited to see me…It’s a great opportunity to just spend time with people even though it’s not very long but just to be there for them and try to make their day better,” Tesia Kephart, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

“It’s important to the community because there are a lot of seniors out there who don’t have a lot of family or anyone nearby that can help them prepare these meals and some of them aren’t able to do it themselves wither so they really count on us, not to mention that sometimes we’re the only person that they see a day so it’s important for that personal contact too. To be able to get out there and talk to them and socialize and give them a visit every day on top of providing the nutritious meal to them as well,” explains Oats.