Meals on Wheels honors distinguished volunteers

Holly Viers • Jul 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Meals on Wheels of Kingsport has provided thousands of meals to people in need, but none of it would be possible without its volunteers.

That was the message at Tuesday’s first annual Mary Cunningham Meals on Wheels Volunteer Awards. Held at First Presbyterian Church, the event honored five community members for going above and beyond in service to the organization.

What is Meals on Wheels?

An agency of the United Way, Meals on Wheels of Kingsport prepares and delivers hot food to those who are unable to prepare meals themselves. The organization serves meals Monday through Friday year-round, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Teams of volunteers gather at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church to cook the meals, and volunteer drivers deliver them.

Who was honored?

Tuesday’s event was held in memory of Mary Cunningham, who was heavily involved with Meals on Wheels of Kingsport for more than 40 years.

The ceremony honored five of the organization’s distinguished volunteers: Wilma Dean Rumgay, one of the first cooks for Meals on Wheels; Ken Simmons, an active Meals on Wheels volunteer at Waverly Road; Harris and Evelyn Cantrell, both volunteer cooks and drivers; Janyce Dudney, another active volunteer at Waverly Road.

Jon Peters, a member of the Meals on Wheels board of directors, said the volunteer awards will be held yearly in memory of Cunningham and her passion for service.