Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There should be a better way..

There should be a better way! Got a call early this morning that we wouldn't need to venture out to help put the 'meals on wheels' food together because school was cancelled...because of the weather...again. The program goes by the school schedule. No school? No meals delivered. Hmm...don't people still need food? Especially because of the weather? I know it's dangerous for many of us to get out on the treacherous roads when there is snow and ice, but we were willing to try. Instead, we snuggled down and went back to sleep. How can we do that so easily when many folks had no means of 'snuggling'...very little source of heat and now, no food.
We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains...it gets really cold and it snows...and lately, that happens a lot! But what do the recipients of these food deliveries do when we can't get the food to them? Many of them aren't able to cook...many don't have the food items to cook...And what about the children who don't get to school because of the weather? Last year, they never were able to 'make up' the missed days "because of weather". Many of these children don't get a meal if they don't get to school. And if they don't have school on Fridays, they miss out on the food sent home for the weekend (The Backpack Program) What about them? There should be a better way!
So frustrating... Now it's about 10AM and looks like the sun may shine...so later, the temps will warm up (to a sultry 38*) Maybe some of the snow might melt and access to some remote places will be better...but we didn't go in to prepare the food, so these folks will miss that 'meal on wheels' today...I guess they can enjoy the sunshine as they listen to the rumble of their tummies...hungry for food and hungry for a friendly face...hungry for warmth...and maybe they can explain to the children why they don't have food today either. There should be a better way!

1 comment:

Robin said...

I loved reading this...some things just make NO sense to me either. There really should be a better system, my parent deliver and my dad thinks who ever makes up the rules is crazy!!. I have to agree