LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – It's a delivery Elaine Canard waits for every day.
"It's kinda hard to get around with a walker in the snow," Canard said.
Ever since she broke her ankle and had a stroke, she can't cook for herself.
So for six years, Canard has relied on a friendly face to deliver her lunch and dinner.
"It helps. Otherwise I'd just eat something out of the microwave," she said.
Canard uses Mobile Meals.
A non-profit that delivers nutritionally balanced meals straight to the doors of the elderly and disabled.
Volunteers, like Connie Smith, deliver them.
"You know, it's not just the meals that are delivered (that are) a big part of it," Smith said. "It's connecting with them. It's asking them how they are today, letting them know you're gonna be there tomorrow for them."
Director Melissa Greco said each year it gets harder to find volunteers.
"It hurts me… knowing that these people will not receive food that day, even if it's just one day," Greco said. "If that's their only meal, that's pretty important."
Mobile Meals delivers about 100 meals every day, according to Greco. Each route has 16 deliveries.
But they're short volunteers. About two times the amount they were last year, she added.
"There's no way that I can get out and personally deliver 30 (to) 45 meals to people who are diabetic and expecting it within that hour," Greco said.
Mobile meals still has 15 weeks worth of routes to fill for 2014. To volunteer, call (608) 784-4623.
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