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Meals on Wheels volunteers work through blizzard

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Feb 28 2014 04:03:07 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 28 2014 04:04:43 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The dangerous conditions Friday were enough to cancel schools, businesses, and buses, but one service that pushed through the blizzard Friday was the Missoula Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.

"This is nasty weather,” said Program Manager Curtis Hammond. “We're going to reach as many folks as we can on our regular routes, because that's what we do."

The program provides free meals for the disabled and elderly. Hammond said volunteers deliver 250 meals a day, which added up to 95,000 meals total last year.

Larry Kuchenrauther, a volunteer we tagged along with on his route Friday, said he doesn't usually leave his home during blizzards, but skipping out on his delivery duties isn’t an option.

"We might be the only people some (clients) see during the day, so you get to know your clients, and it's kind of fun to talk to them," said Kuchenrauther. Those that do like to see us are always glad to see us."

"Missoula’s a very special community,” said Hammond. “These are people who are willing to risk to get the job done."

For information on how to volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, click here.