RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. - Subaru has donated a new car to a group in Southwest Virginia that delivers meals to seniors who have trouble leaving their homes.
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, a member of Meals on Wheels, got a new Outback SUV. In the last year, AASC has served more than 145,000 meals to nearly 700 people in Southwest Virginia through the program.
One of the recipients, Judy Stiltner, lives on a fixed income in Lebanon. Getting out of the house is difficult for her.
"I was struggling to get enough food in here, because I didn't have any help,” Stiltner said. “I didn't have anybody to take me out to the store to get any food."
Meals on Wheels drivers deliver food to her apartment once every two weeks.
"It's been very important for me to get them meals,” Stiltner said. “I've done without before."
AASC serves Russell County, Buchanan County, Tazewell County and Dickenson County. The terrain in its area of service makes deliveries during bad weather difficult.
"This vehicle is going to just make a huge difference in our program,” Nutrition Director Leah Call said. “We have some rough terrain. We are 100 percent rural, so it takes a lot of wear and tear on our current vehicles."
"As an area agency on aging, we rarely get anything new,” AASC Executive Director Regina Sayers said. “We recycle everything, so having a new vehicle that is safe and dependable and very reliable is paramount to us being able to make those deliveries on time."
The new vehicle will go a long way in supporting those who deliver meals to make sure those in need like Stiltner don't go hungry.
"They deserve that, because they're good workers and stuff, and they go do the job right," Stiltner said.
Wallace Subaru of Bristol will provide free service on the vehicle for as long as it is in use, a manager said.
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