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Thursday’s dangerous road conditions forced a much-needed service in Des Moines to close for the first time this year. Friday, Meals on Wheels is back on the road, making up for the day they were stuck in park.

Despite the weather, Vern Lundquist doesn't plan to take a day off from his job. Loading up meals for Des Moines' senior population is what Vern does five days a week. The Wesley Life Meals on Wheels program has been delivering hot meals to the greater Des Moines area for more than 40 years. However, Thursday the icy conditions forced it to close shop for the first time all year.

Friday, Vern is back behind the wheel, making more than 30 stops around Des Moines to people who count on the hot meals to live independently. People like Winifred VanOel who count on the meals.

“I have rheumatoid arthritis and I have trouble doing much exercising, cooking, it's dangerous for me to cook very much,” says Winifred VanOel of Des Moines.

At 87 years old, Vern is one of the oldest on the payroll, but doesn't have plans of slowing down anytime soon.

“There`s a lot of good people on the route that's, what makes it good,” says Lundquist.

This delivery is critical because it includes meals for the rest of the weekend.

“It was very important that we were able to continue our operations today, and get out to the clients homes and deliver them a warm nutritious meal,” says Kate Westercamp with Wesley Life.

Meals that make a difference, for both the recipients as well as those who continue to deliver them each and every day.

“What our mission is really in the people’s homes, and going out and seeing the joy on the faces of the clients really drives home, why we do what we do,” says Westercamp.

Friday, Meals on Wheels workers delivered over 1,400 meals to people across the greater Des Moines area.  They will be out delivering a Christmas meal to their clients on Monday as well. If you would like more information about how to sign up for the service please call 515-699-3243 or visit, www.wesleylife.org/mow

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