To the editor:
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Spectrum Generations annual Volunteer Appreciate event, March for Meals, an event that shows participants what Spectrum Generations volunteers do throughout the year by shadowing them as they carry out their duties.
Arriving at 9 a.m., Spectrum Generations offices were already bustling with activity. Staff and volunteers were getting ready for their Meals on Wheels deliveries. Meals were delivered from a distribution center in Hallowell, and I watched as volunteers assembled meal “kits” for the recipients: one warm and several frozen meals, and other goodies, including cat and dog food for pet owners.
I had the distinct pleasure of being teamed up with Mr. David Flood, of Friendship, an amazing 92-year-old gentleman who has volunteered to deliver meals for the last 13 years and shows no signs of slowing down. After loading Mr. Flood’s car, away we went to deliver meals to 10 Lincoln County residents.
Mr. Flood knows the people on his route, and stops to chat. I met several recipients (and a few happy pups) as we dropped off meals along his route, and all were warm, welcoming, and obviously fond of Mr. Flood.
While driving along his route, we talked about why and how he became involved, different routes he has delivered, the many people he has met over the years, and logistical issues, like what happens when there is a major snowstorm or when volunteers go on vacation.
He volunteers two days a week, and said that it takes about three hours each morning for him to complete his service. As we drove, talked, and delivered meals, I learned a lot about the program and its volunteers, thanks to Mr. Flood.
Thank you, Spectrum Generations, for what you do to ensure food security in the area, and a special thank you to Mr. Flood for what you do and for letting me ride along to learn. It was an experience that I will not soon forget. You and the other volunteers are truly examples of what makes this area special.