Pitt Co. Meals on Wheels adds new route to reach elderly

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – To make sure no senior in the east is left hungry, the Pitt County Meals on Wheels program is now traveling a new route north of the Tar River.

The Pitt County Council on Aging never delivered to this section of the county before because many volunteers didn’t have the money to drive across town, pick up the hot meal and then deliver them to those in need.

The council’s executive director Rich Zeck said the elderly community north of the river was underserved for years before a solution was reached.

“The Ag Center stepped up and said ‘use our facility,’ and we are distributing meals out of there and volunteers are coming and delivering meals north of the river,” said Zeck.

Many receiving food now were on a waiting list for more than 18 months.

Abigail Maiorana-Boutilier, who delivers on the route once a week with her 3-year-old daughter Lea, said it’s great feeling to give back.

“Everyone on the route is so sweet and happy and nice,” said Maiorana-Boutilier. “Especially to see Lea and to get to have that interaction with her. She takes her newspapers and their milk.”

Lea is also learning how to interact with adults, and it gives her time to practice her singing skills in the car.

Zeck said he wants to grow the number of people who get meals north of the river, but he still needs more volunteers to make that possible.

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