CHEER Center Hosts "March For Meals" In Georgetown
As part of the nationwide "March for Meals" campaign, Delaware dignitaries like Governor John Carney, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro, Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton and Georgetown Mayor Bill West toured the facility and met with senior citizens before delivering meals. CHEER says they feed about 1700 seniors daily.
"For so many of these people, this will be the only meal they get on a daily basis," says CEO Ken Bock. "But more importantly than that, a lot of these people have no other human contact or interaction day in and day out. So when a CHEER volunteer arrives at their door with a smiling face and a friendly kind word, they are able to do a wellness check."
CHEER is hoping to have a new commercial kitchen by February of 2021. While the organization is meeting demand now, it's only expected to grow.
"It's really important for the whole state but particularly here in Sussex County with the growing senior population to be able to get good nutirious meals out to our seniors wherever they might live," Gov. Carney tells WRDE.
CHEER is in the midst of its capital campaign. Meals on Wheels participants like James Carter says the progarm is critical for many of his neighbors.
"We have a bunch of them here that depend upon that," he says. "They don't have a meal to eat and that meal carries for the day."
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