Seniors from the community experienced civil rights history with a trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum last Tuesday, as part of the Meals on Wheels program offered at the Butler Court Senior Center in Clinton.
The Meals on Wheels program delivers already cooked meals to the homes of seniors in the area who may not have the means to cook the meals themselves. Along with this, site manager Lorie Joyner takes the seniors who participate in the center’s activities on trips once a month. This month, they went to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro.
“I enjoyed it,” said Mary Alice Ingren, one of the seniors who went on the trip. “The people were so nice, they would just come up and talk to you.”
The Meals on Wheels program, under the Department of Aging, has been in operation since 1977.
“My own grandmother got it years ago,” said Joyner, who helps to deliver the meals when there are no volunteers available.
Along with the trips, the seniors get to enjoy activities such as bingo, cornhole and group exercise.
Jennifer Williams, who helps to cook and serve the food, said that the seniors enjoy the trips that the center provides. “We’ve been to the Smithfield Outlets, Carolina Beach, different places,” she said.
Volunteers are what keep the place going, as they help to deliver the food to the different seniors’ houses, and also help to keep the center clean.
“We have a variety of ages and ethnic backgrounds that make up our list of volunteers,” said Joyner, who has different people and churches on the schedule. However, there is always room for more volunteers.
“Anyone can volunteer to come and take the meals to the seniors,” Joyner noted.
The center itself is for people who are 60 and older, and they are always welcoming more seniors to come and join activities.
“Lots of elderly don’t realize what’s out there for them,” said Joyner, who added that as people age they need to take care of themselves. With the food provided by the program, the elderly have access to better nutrition than they normally would, she said.
Margaret Faircloth used to deliver for the Meals on Wheels program, and is now receiving meals from them.
“They’re trying real hard. It’s well-prepared food. I’m a happy customer,” Faircloth said.
To get in touch with the Meals on Wheels program or any other programs at the Butler Court Senior Center, contact them at 910-592-5604.
Reach Mallory Turner at 910-592-8137