Middletown church organist helps feed people in need

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- At Christ United Methodist Church in Middletown, some hope can be found on the side of the building.

That's where they keep a large refrigeration unit, filled with food that's helping hundreds of people around the Tri-State. 

Church organist Betsy Balger works with Wesley Community Services' Meals on Wheels program, delivering about 70 meals each week to people in need in Hamilton. 

Balger said some of the people have family support, but some don't.

"We may be the only person they see all week long," she said. "We may be the only visitor to their home or apartment."

The group delivers frozen meals, milk, bread and other healthy foods like oranges.

"I don't know what they'd do if they didn't have this service available," Balger said.

They send food as far north as Dayton and Springfield. For the people they help, it's a little hope, one meal at a time.

"They're all so grateful for what we're doing for them," Balger said. "Seeing that smile and hearing that 'thank you' for making that day, that's the reward you get for delivering Meals on Wheels."

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