The Herald & Review published an informative article with picture describing Macon County's Meals on Wheels Program ("Feeding the need," July 19). We were very pleased that the program received this recognition and thank the newspaper for the front-page coverage.
We were, however, disappointed that the article neglected to mention the program is and has been operated by Catholic Charities when requested to do so since July 2002. Also, not mentioned was that the primary funding comes from East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging and that Catholic Charities buys its meals, many specialized, at a reasonable cost from Decatur Memorial Hospital.
This would have been a wonderful opportunity for Catholic Charities to be recognized as serving all of Macon County with a Fiscal Year 2019 total of 94,616 meals delivered by 402 volunteers and five paid drivers. These dedicated volunteers provided 7,555 hours of service along with 2,421 hours from paid drivers. The average daily meals provided were roughly 400.
Catholic Charities has several quality programs and with regard to food assistance, operates a local pantry and a mobile distribution to several rural areas in Macon County with assistance from the annual WSOY Food Drive.
Marie Rademacher, Decatur Catholic Charities Area director