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Letter: Generosity of area businesses helped provide meals to seniors
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Brandy Palmero, manager of the Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center programs, leaves her car to distribute food during a Meals on Wheels delivery in Gainesville. Programs like Meals on Wheels, public transportation and the Senior Life Center could be affected if the shutdown continues. - photo by David Barnes

Every weekday, more than 300 seniors and disabled citizens throughout Hall County receive quality, nutritional hot meals served by volunteers with Meals On Wheels.

Recently, a glitch in the entrée portion of the serving prompted an immediate crisis. A  hundred recipients were called to inform them of the dilemma that no food would be delivered, with understanding responses.

More than 200 meals remained to be served within three hours. A single call to Longstreet Café requesting 600 chicken tenders was filled within one hour from both their restaurants, at no cost. Performance FPS, one of their food suppliers, donated a case of chicken tenders totaling 400 to replace some of the Longstreet offering.

My route in East Hall with 14 wonderful people never knew the difference. Neither did clients on 24 other Meals On Wheels routes. However, I witnessed the generosity of a local businessman who loves his community and his God.

Doug Hanson

Gainesville

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