TRENTON, Tex. -- We told you earlier this week about how Meals on Wheels programs are struggling to keep volunteers as gas prices get higher and higher. But one group of Boy Scouts is helping with those efforts. Emi FitzGerald has more.
A half-dozen Boy Scouts hit the streets of Trenton to spend part of their summer helping others.
"You’re helping the community by delivering meals to housebound people," seventh grader Hunter Glover says.
Hundreds of seniors in Grayson, Fannin, and Cooke counties get a warm lunch thanks to Meals on Wheels everyday. That's about 25,000 meals each month.
"Broccoli, spaghetti, bread, vegetables, peas, corn, stuff like that," seventh grader Cody Lambright says.
Program rules say a person can't leave a meal unattended at the door, so the delivery is more than just about food.
"I guess a lot of people don't really come and visit them very often, so I guess when somebody comes up to the door they're pretty happy," ninth grader Nick Frattarelli says.
Area officials say high gas prices are making it tough to keep volunteers, but the more people who pitch in, the shorter the routes are for everyone.
These kids were able to stay close to home and finish up in about one hour, taking away with them a great experience.
“I helped out the community by delivering food to make them feel more happy and comfortable,” fifth grader Chase Glover says.
And also they deliver a message of encouragement for others.
“Just to get out and help people, not just sit on your butt and be lazy,” Hunter Glover said.
They plan to keep delivering meals all summer, until they go back to school or until there's more permanent help.