Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers prepare the days’ food, beginning early in the morning, in a very small kitchen in Pasco. At 9:30 a.m., the hot food must be out the door and into waiting vans. Drivers deliver the trays of food to another kitchen in Richland where more staff and volunteers dish up the food and organize the meal bags for each delivery. It’s all a very well-oiled machine that wouldn’t be possible without amazing, dedicated people.
On this particular day, I documented the teams preparing spaghetti and meatballs, salad and dessert. Every phase of food preparation is precise and I couldn’t count the number of times they checked and recorded the temperature of the meal. All was done in cramped, hot quarters, but always with smiles and inside jokes.
At the end of my journey, I met Jerry. He and his wife receive a meal every day. He loves seeing the Meals on Wheels drivers — all of whom are volunteers. He’s also one of the few recipients who takes the time to write thank you notes filled with praise for the work and love that goes into the meals.
To learn more about Meals on Wheels, visit their site.