- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 08 May 2017
Elizabeth Wilson, known by her friends and family as Betty, is a long-time supporter of Meals on Wheels. In her 90s now, the Leverett local began attending the Meals on Wheels Walkathon in 2001 and has been fundraising for the program each spring ever since.
“I love it. It’s very stimulating,” says Betty of the annual event, which around 500 people attend. “One year when I was walking with [my friend] Eleanor, it was early May, and it snowed!”
There was no snow on the ground at this year’s event on April 29 at Greenfield Community College, where Betty walked the path with her daughter and next-door neighbor, Marg Kruse (shown in the photo at left). Betty won the prize for “Oldest Walker,” a title she has carried for a few years running.
“I believe in the cause. It’s just so wonderful to realize that so many people are served every day and get a check on,” Betty reflects, adding that it might be her or her loved ones calling LifePath to sign up for Meals on Wheels someday. She already knows a few women from her community who have benefitted from the home-delivered meals service.
In 2016, Betty’s church, First Congregational Church of Leverett, donated to Meals on Wheels in her honor, writing, “Betty has been a supporter of Meals on Wheels for many years, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate her birthday. Thank you for your good work.”