Stefanie Delorey has spent every Wednesday for the last year and a half delivering food and more to Meals on Wheels recipients.
"Sometimes I'm the only person that they're going to see that day, I'm the only friendly face, hug, hello... When my kids are off of school, they get to come with me and so they get to be mini volunteers and they absolutely love delivering meals to the clients, they know them by name and the clients know my kids by name... I think they really look forward to seeing each other and it's really great for my kids to learn to be volunteers as well," said Delorey.
On Wednesday's route, she flew solo but she still brought a warm smile, a warm meal and a little something extra.
"If we ever can't deliver you a meal cause school is canceled or the weather's really bad, there's two meals in here that you can eat and you don't have to refrigerate them," Delorey explained to one of her clients.
Emergency meal kits went out to 1500 recipients in Greenville County.
"Every year around this time we deliver an emergency meal kit, it's a box. It has two shelf stable meals," said Jessica Sharp, Director of Volunteer Services for Meals on Wheels Greenville.
If bad weather hits before the January delivery, Sharp said home bound clients are not left stranded.
"We call our clients that are particularly vulnerable. So clients for example that are elderly or don't have any family around and we just kind of check on them and make sure that they have something to eat for that particular day," said Sharp.
It's a delivery Delorey knows can be life-changing for the people she sees weekly.
"Some of my clients don't have the resources to provide a lot of food for themselves, so having that extra meal there when we can't deliver our weekly meals is really a big help to them and they don't have a lot of family around, so there's nobody to step in when we can't deliver a meal," said Delorey.
Meals on Wheels follows the Greenville County School District's lead when it comes to closing down for weather. The organization encourages it's clients to only use the kits if there is an emergency and to hold on to them until at least April when the Upstate is typically in the clear for winter weather.
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