No Lexington Meals on Wheels deliveries since Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For many people the Meals on Wheels program is a lifeline. They serve elderly people, those with disabilities and people who can’t afford to buy food.

But when the weather turns nasty, drivers can’t get around. That’s been the case in Lexington and one couple is feeling the ramifications.

Selah and Alice Okcuoglu have received food from Meals on Wheels for the past two years. Before that, they dropped off food as volunteers themselves. But at ages 89 and 90, The couple finds getting around is a little bit more difficult.

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"We wouldn’t be able to stay in our house if it weren’t for meals on wheels," explained Alice Okcuoglu.

She says she rarely drives unless it’s to a doctor appointment. She also says she has asthma and trouble standing.  Her husband’s eye sight is degenerating and he is legally blind.

"That’s why we started getting meals on wheels," says Selah Okcuoglu.
But the severe weather has brought meal deliveries to a halt since Friday.  Selah and Alice say they’ve been making it by on food they had stored in the refrigerator, soup brought over by the neighbor and a meal brought to them by Alice’s daughter-in-law.

Volunteers from the organization say they want to deliver meals as soon as it is safe. One driver even expressed the stress organizers feel when they can’t bring hot food to those in need. Even so, with extreme cold temperatures incoming, the snow isn’t going anywhere, and Meals on Wheels says deliveries through the rest of the week may be canceled as well.