Funds for replacement Meals on Wheels delivery truck secured

Photos: New Meals on Wheels truck (left) and wrecked truck. Photos: Courtesy Mountaineer Echo

Just over a month after the Marion County Senior Activity and Wellness Center issued a plea for funds to replace its Meals on Wheels delivery truck totaled in an accident, the agency will soon have a new vehicle.

The Mountaineer Echo is reporting in just a month $30,000 in donations poured in, and a truck was ordered late last month, just 36 days after the accident.

On Dec. 16, the driver of the Meals on Wheels truck swerved to miss a deer, traveled off the road and rolled two or three times. The driver was injured, but at the time was reportedly expected to recover.

At the time of the accident, Senior Center officials said they were in need of funds to replace the truck and to cover basic operations. The center has experienced a lack of fundraiser events and an increase of seniors in need of food.

Center officials say the new extended cab truck will be customized with a “hot shot” unit for keeping hot meals hot and refrigerated units to keep cold things cold.

Delivery is expected in several months, as soon as the truck is customized.

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