Newport News sheriff helps deliver Meals on Wheels

NN Sheriff helps deliver Meals On Wheels. Photo from Deputy Vanessa Blackstock

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Some senior citizens on the Peninsula got a surprise visitor Tuesday: Sheriff Gabe Morgan helped deliver food with the Meals On Wheels program.

The program serves 460 seniors across the Peninsula, with about half in Newport News. Volunteers deliver a hot tray with an entrée and vegetable and a cold bag with milk, dessert and bread. The program helps the elderly stay in their own homes while getting the nourishment they need.

Sheriff Gabe Morgan told why it’s so necessary.

“I sit on the board of the food bank, and I can tell you about food deserts and people who are challenged in the city, and without organizations like Meals on Wheels, there would be a lot of folks who would go without,” Morgan said.

Gerald Patesel, the director of the Peninsula Agency on Aging, said volunteers help make the program work.

“We’re always in need of volunteers,” Patesel said. “We have a minimum of 40 a day across the Peninsula, so we’re always in need of that, and, of course, donations always help us expand the program.”

If you’d like to help, call the Peninsula Agency on Aging at (757) 873-0541.

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