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March 15, 2013

Mobile Meals month highlights need for volunteers

EDMOND — State Sen. Clark Jolley made a special delivery this week of chocolate cake and fettuccine to Stephanie Mundell of Edmond.

Edmond Mobile Meals is a volunteer program that delivers nutritious meals to homebound people in Edmond. Some folks are elderly, but others are young with a disability that keeps them from being able to prepare their own meals.

March for Meals is a Mobile Meals program that recruits people in government to deliver mobile meals, said Piper Riggs, EMM executive director.

Stephanie smiled when greeting Jolley from her wheelchair. The 20-year-old is paralyzed from her neck down, but uses her chin to drive her motorized chair at home.

“It’s fancy,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie’s mother, Debra Mundell, said her daughter is eating healthier food than she was before learning of Mobile Meals two months ago.

“The food is really good and my mom doesn’t have to cook,” Mundell said of her Monday-Friday deliveries. Spinach quiche is her favorite meal, Stephanie said.

“The Alfredo looks really delicious,” said Jolley, R-Edmond.

The program is valuable for people who are isolated in their homes but want to remain independent, said Cindy Gessouroun, EMM board member.

“We get rid of loneliness. They become our friends,” Gessouroun said.

Volunteers plan morning deliveries of nutritious food. More than 200 home-cooked meals are prepared daily, Monday through Friday.

There’s always a turnover with volunteers, so more of them are needed. They may cook, organize or help with delivering the meals. Volunteers help package food from 8:30-10:30 a.m. or to make deliveries from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers work Monday through Friday and may choose any number of days for participation.

TO LEARN MORE about Edmond Mobile Meals, contact EMM at 341-3111 or visit www.edmondmobilemeals.org.

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