POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:38pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:05pm
Tyler TX — Here in East Texas, gas prices are affecting more than just the every day driver. Non-profit organizations like Meals on Wheels, count on volunteers to take their own cars to deliver food to senior citizens.
The director of development at Meals on Wheels told KETK that they have seen a drop off in volunteers and simply have to assume it is because of the gas prices.
Here in East Texas prices are just under $4 a gallon and for some that's just more money spent, but for others it might mean missing a meal.
The director, Zoe Lawhorn told KETK, "We have seen a drop off in terms of our volunteers right now we have 120 routes open every month and you can just see the effects coming down when people aren't able to do as much as they've done in the past."
Lawhorn also said that their organization saves on average $500,000 a year by volunteers using their own gas to deliver meals. She said, "Gas goes up and it affects our bottom line, we buy 6000 gallons of gas on average every month, so even a 10 cent increase is a $600 increase monthly."
We also spoke with the volunteer coordinator, Donna Anderson, who told KETK that they are very short on volunteers and why people shouldn't let the gas prices keep them from helping out.
She said, "It's very rewarding when I go home I know that peoples been fed and I helped somebody."
One East Texas volunteer, Julia Weathers, tells KETK that she doesn't handle the gas situation she just, "deals with it."
She said that she is from New Orleans, "and I left with Katrina and the people here helped me so much, so I'm just giving back."
If you are interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels or would like more information on their organization you can check out their website at: http://www.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org/