TYLER, TX (KLTV) - "Knock. Knock. Knock. Meals on Wheels. Hi, Miss Edna."
Meals on Wheels brings 72-year-old Edna Hester hot meals every weekday, but not on the weekend. They couldn't afford it....until now.
"I don't know what I'd of done without them," said Hester.
Now, funding and volunteers from the Junior League are helping provide meals for seniors on the weekend.
"I'm in a wheel chair and it's hard to get to a stove and cook," said Hester.
That's a common story for seniors. In fact, some recipients were even rationing their weekday meals just to get by.
"When we found out our seniors were living on a third of a meal over the weekend, it was unacceptable," Rachel Hatt with Meals on Wheels. "We could not possibly imagine how little they had to eat to survive."
"I saw what some of the seniors went through, and, I know first hand from living here, that some of them went without eating meals," said Hester.
The Junior League of Tyler's Senior Servings program is so successful other communities are using it as a blueprint.
"We're a volunteer army," said Kathy Bauman with the Junior League. "So, that's what we're all about is showing compassion for our community and improving our community and this makes this a better place to live just in that one facet."
Because of this program seniors can once again look forward to the weekend.
The Junior League of Tyler is working with other leagues around the world to establish similar programs and was just recognized with an international award for creating Senior Servings.