“Sometimes I’m the Only Person They See All Day”

January 13, 2023

Anna Avery’s reason for being a Meals on Wheels Central Texas volunteer hits close to her heart.

“My 92-year-old grandmother lives with my parents in Pflugerville.  I see what it’s like for older people.  I certainly see how sad it would be if she lived by herself and had literally no one to talk to,” she says.

That’s the position in which many of the homebound adults on her meal route find themselves.  Ms. Avery, who has been volunteering with us since 2014, knows firsthand that she and the other 8,500 Central Texans who donate their time to our cause deliver much more than a meal.  Those daily visits mean the world to the people she serves.

As a stay-at-home mom, Ms. Avery will often take her children along, when they’re not in school, to deliver meals. “They like it and I think it’s important for them to see that it doesn’t take a whole lot to give back to the community,” she says.

Asked what she likes best about the volunteer experience at MOWCTX, she replies “there’s a lot of volunteer work you can do that is great but you don’t actually get to see who is being helped. With Meals on Wheels, you feel like you’re not just delivering a meal but making a bigger impact.”