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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -Hundreds of local older and disabled residents depend on something called Mobile Meals.

It's a program delivering nutritionally balanced food to those who need it.

On Thursday the La Crosse and Onalaska mayors and a few County Board and City Council members delivered some of those meals to raise more awareness about the program.

Five days a week Mobile Meals delivers food right to a person's door.

But this winter made that task a little more difficult.

Volunteers like Bev Miller bring a hot meal to those who may not be able to go out and get one themselves.

But when bad weather closes the La Crosse schools, Mobile Meals won't deliver.

Dawn Jorstad, the Nutrition Coordinator at the La Crosse County Aging Unit, says "it's been a challenging winter we've had to do a lot of planning."

They plan ahead to make sure no one goes hungry. They deliver frozen meals a day ahead of time.

Usually frozen meals are given on Fridays to give people food for the weekend.

Bev Miller and Helen Follansbee have been doing it every Thursday for the last nine years, but this is their last year.

With volunteers like Bev and Helen on their final routes, raising awareness to the program is crucial in finding new people to fill their shoes.

Bev is 88 years old, Helen four years her junior. The people they're delivering to are about ten years younger than them.

Across La Crosse County almost 300 meals a day are delivered daily.


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