The Meals on Wheels program marks 40 years in the Sun City Center area, an coordinated effort by several volunteer organizations.
Charlene Bennett founded the nation’s second meals program in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956. She later retired to Sun City Center and started another program here 1973, as part of the SCC Woman’s Club. Bennett even delivered the first meal to Mr. and Mrs. Rockaby.
Bennett likely never dreamed that 40 years later the program would be delivering more than 5,000 meals a year. The Sun City Center Meals on Wheels program is a united effort of Samaritan Services, South Bay Hospital, the Woman’s Club and an army of volunteers.
Samaritan Services handles reservations and billing for the meals. You may order meals by calling them at (813) 634-9283 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
South Bay Hospital prepares the meals. Each meal includes a salad, entrée, bread and butter, dessert and fruit juice for $6.
The Woman’s Club co-chairs, Angie Maze and Sharon Nathan, coordinate the houses of worship and service clubs that provide the volunteers to deliver meals every day. The organizations are: Beth Israel (January), AAUW and DAR (February), Lion’s Club (March), United Methodist Church, (April), Redeemer Lutheran Church (May), Trinity Baptist (June), Men’s Club (July), United Community Church, (August), St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (September), Knights of Columbus, (October), St. John Devine Episcopal Church, (November) and Woman’s Club (December).
The GFWC SCC Woman’s Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, September through May. If you are interested in membership, call (813) 633-0255.