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Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

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Barbara Hatcher, who lives alone in McAfee Towers, enjoys a lunch at her apartment brought by a Meals on Wheels staffer. Hatcher says the human contact is at least as nutritious as the crab salad, fruit and chocolate milk meal.

Barbara Hatcher, who lives alone in McAfee Towers, enjoys a lunch at her apartment brought by a Meals on Wheels staffer. Hatcher says the human contact is at least as nutritious as the crab salad, fruit and chocolate milk meal.

Beau Cabell

Beau Cabell

Barbara Hatcher, who lives alone in McAfee Towers, enjoys a lunch at her apartment brought by a Meals on Wheels staffer. Hatcher says the human contact is at least as nutritious as the crab salad, fruit and chocolate milk meal.

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home.

Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia who receives home-delivered lunches from Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia each week. She suffers from arthritis, spinal disc issues and fibromyalgia, which makes it difficult for her to stand for a long time and cook.

Until Hatcher got off the wait list for Meals on Wheels, she said she ate a lot of sandwiches on the days she didn’t feel up to cooking. Now, she knows she’ll always get at least one nutritious meal a day. And she also knows that someone will stop by to check in on her.

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Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive