Caddo Parish Meals On Wheels doing well with volunteer help

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Across the nation, the Meals on Wheels Association of America has faced hardships because of the economy. However, the story is different in Caddo Parish.

"I know that Meals on Wheels programs all over the nation are being hit tremendously by gas prices, but we are ... so fortunate, so blessed here in Shreveport. We're not losing volunteers, we're actually gaining volunteers," said Mary Alice Roundtree with the Caddo Council on Aging.

Nationwide the organization has lost about 58 percent of its volunteers. In Caddo Parish, Roundtree says they have about 260 volunteers and can serve about 1,000 seniors. She said the CCOA may add more seniors to their list.

Volunteer Keith Marcotte says he will not let the gas prices keep him from helping." It's great to see them. You develop relationships with them. You get to check on them, see how they're doing, and it makes you feel good doing something worthwhile."

Roundtree says most volunteers only drive about eight miles a day.