Ohio woman, 85, continues to deliver Mobile Meals to seniors despite pandemic

Hometown Heroes

DOVER, Ohio (NewsNation Now) — Sandra “Tyke” Bichsel, 85, has been volunteering for the Mobile Meals program since 1973, and she continues to help others even in a global pandemic.

The programs provides meals to elderly in Dover, Ohio.

“We serve around 90 people every day, two meals a day, Monday through Friday,” Kim Harmon, the administrator of Dover/New Philadelphia Mobile Meals told NewsNation affiliate WJW. “There’s a hot meal for lunchtime and then hot soup with a sandwich or a salad and a sandwich for a lighter dinner and then there’s desert and a fruit each day, too.”

The safety of the elderly during the pandemic, among other reasons, has stopped many of Mobile Meal’s clients from being out in the public.

Each Monday, Bichsel happily delivers meals on her route.

“I didn’t like to start the week out very well after a busy weekend and all the mess that you have at home, so I thought I would do something good for somebody else. Then I feel better because I am doing better than they are,” said Bichsel.

With her husband Jerry driving, she delivered to eight homes on Monday, leaving meals in containers outside the clients’ doors, also exchanging greetings with some of them.

Bichsel said she passed her volunteering spirit down to several of her seven children who have also volunteered for Mobile Meals.

She says she intends to continue volunteering for as long as she can still walk.

“I like people and I like to do things,” she said. “I don’t like to be in a club or anything like that, I just like to do my own thing when I feel like doing it.”

NewsNation affiliate WJW contributed to this report.

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