Meals on Wheels volunteer nourishes and is nourished in return

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By Kirsten Laskey

Gerald “Jerry” Eagon worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 40 years. When he retired, he wondered what he would do to pass the time. Little did he know, he would be on the road every week around Los Alamos with a truckload of food and learning one of life’s great lessons.

He has worked as a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program for six years. He said he enjoys the work and being outside.

Meals on Wheels is a state program and it is run out of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Eagon said the center’s two chefs prepare the meals for program participants who are homebound and have no way of making their own meals.

Eagon said the service begins when a family member calls and requests that a homebound senior citizen be included in the program.

The meals are then regularly delivered to them in a truck that contains both a heater to keep foods warm and a cooling compartment to keep other food cold.

Although there are only a few people in White Rock who request meals, Eagon keeps busy on the job. On Friday, for instance, he made 20 deliveries.

To be accepted into the Meals on Wheels program, Eagon said individuals must be older than age 60 and unable to prepare or obtain their own meals.

A social worker will determine if a person needs more or less care, he added.

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