MTA Helping Keep Seniors Fed

Mason Transit Authority (MTA) is here to help during the COVID-19 crisis beyond just transporting passengers.

Last week, MTA delivered 244 Meals on Wheels to 16 seniors in Mason County. The meals were delivered frozen and will last the recipients two weeks. This week over 280 meals to a different group of seniors will be delivered. MTA will continue to deliver Meals to recipients on an every-other-week schedule until Senior Services of South Sound is able to resume delivery themselves.

To ensure that no senior goes hungry, Senior Services of South Sound offers Meals on Wheels, along with other vital programs for seniors in Mason and Thurston Counties. The Meals on Wheels program provides up to one meal per day – hot or frozen, depending on where the client’s home is located. Frozen meals can be reheated by the client. To be eligible, clients must live in Mason or Thurston County, be 60 or over, unable to cook or lack someone to cook for them and cannot leave home unassisted.

“This is what community is about,” said Kathy Geist, MTA’s Outreach/Transit Planner. “How lucky am I! Meals on Wheels asked MTA for help, so I got to deliver over 200 meals on the first day and even more next week. My dream job.”

Kathy, along with MTA driver Dan Sharp, delivered the first round of meals.

Danette Brannin, MTA General Manager, said “I am proud of our team for stepping up to help Senior Services during this time of need and thankful we had the resources available. Kathy is perfect for accommodating this type of outreach.”

Kathy did not stop with just Meals on Wheels. Brannin suggested she reach out to local stores to see if any were delivering groceries and needed assistance. Currently, there is not a need for MTA to assist stores, so Kathy’s next call was to the HUB in Belfair. She found the HUB needed assistance with delivering basic food items to 63 local seniors and will be making those deliveries this week.

So, if you see one of MTA’s vehicles out and about, it may not be passengers on-board. “We are honored to be a part of helping the community. It is what we do,” said Brannin.