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“Deep down you know you’re doing something good for people”

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Carol FooteCarol Foote

Like clockwork, the Meals on Wheels kitchen starts to hum at 6:30 a.m. when Charlie Cornish, kitchen manager, and Laura Monette, kitchen senior assistant manager, arrive on the scene. By 7:30 a.m., they and their staff are “full rolling” in anticipation of the first drivers coming to pick up their share of the 500 prepared meals at 9:15 am.

March 2018 Walk Box Warwick Walkers photo WEBFrom left to right, Laura Monette, Audrey Finkowski, Kathleen Augustine, and Bryanna Nadeau take a moment to share donuts and camaraderie at the Meals on Wheels kitchen on Valentine's Day. They have been putting together hot lunches and packing cold packs with heartfelt cards handmade by community members of all ages – a token of kindness that will bring an extra smile to the faces of the 500 elders served each weekday by the Meals on Wheels program.

Of his dedicated staff, Charlie shares, “The people here… most of them do it because they feel like they’re accomplishing something, giving back a little. I think that’s probably the best part of the whole thing. Deep down you know you’re doing something good for people.”

From his busy office, Charlie can watch an assembly line of staff who own their roles of scooping and passing, counting and packing. More drivers arrive, the phone is ringing, and volunteers have questions of him. I remark that it feels busy, to which Charlie laughs, “It gets busier than this.”

From the front door to the kitchen, it’s a beehive of activity. The volunteer drivers take ownership of a cart, retrieve both cold and hot bags depending on the number of meals they will deliver, push the cart back out to their cars, hoist the bags into their vehicle, and return the cart.

A driver on the Athol route shared, “I’ve been a driver for five years, I think. You can affect someone’s life in a real positive way. In certain two or three cases, you’re the only person they see all day. She’s got me.”

You can join Charlie, the Meals on Wheels Kitchen staff, and volunteer drivers to do something good for people, too! Sign up for the Meals on Wheels Walkathon on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield. For more information, contact Carol Foote, development manager, at (413) 773-5555, ext. 2225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here.