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Volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels before winter storm moves in

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For some people, leaving home can be difficult when the weather is nice and downright impossible when things take a turn for the worse.

Thankfully, volunteers work hard to make sure everyone stays fed.

"We're like the U.S. Postal Office," said volunteer Michael Baer. "If we're supposed to deliver, we do."

Before the storm rolled in Friday night, the meals rolled out.

"After I get done delivering meals, I always feel better than before I started," Baer said.

He's been delivering Meals on Wheels in Madison for more than 26 years.

"They need a healthy, nutritious meal," he said. "Some of them wouldn't eat properly without the meal."

Baer delivers in all types of weather because it's nights like Friday night where the meals are extra important.

"When you have a storm, maybe somebody's not going to have enough food in their refrigerator," he said. "A lot of the people tonight are getting two meals so they'll have something for tonight and something for the weekend."

Addie Endreson manages the Evening Meals on Wheels program.

"Today we have about 100 hot meals going, and then about 45 meals for the weekend," she said.

The program serves Madison, Monona, Middleton, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie.

"We deliver the meals because a lot of clients don't have access to transportation or can't get out," she said. "Especially when the weather is bad, it's not safe to get outside."

She says in addition to a meal, the visit is a way for someone to check in on people and make sure they're doing okay -- something Baer and the dozens of other volunteers help make happen each day.

"We want to make sure everybody gets their meals if at all possible," he said.

While these volunteers were out Friday night, many other Meals on Wheels programs give people non-perishable emergency meals to use when weather gets severe.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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