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Sep 18, 2013 8:20 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Mobile Meals breaks delivery record

TUCSON - For the first time, a group that delivers meals to people who cannot shop or cook made 100,000 deliveries in 1 year.

Mobile Meals of Tucson has been helping people of all ages for 43 years.

A.C. and Isabel Navarro are in their 80s and have health problems. Mobile Meals delivers to their home 4 days a week.

"We kind of look forward to it now," A.C. Navarro said. "They're so great."

Enrique Gonzalez has been volunteering 23 years.

"They would probably eat, but they would eat junk," he said. "These meals are designed by a dietitian, who is a volunteer also, that designs the meals around their needs."

Drivers work 33 routes, serving about 250 people a day. Mobile Meals Executive Director, Priscilla Altuna, said it can be difficult, especially with some special diets.

"It's a logistics operation," Altuna said. "I like to say that the meals are very important, but that visit from our volunteers is just so important."

Altuna believes the community has always needed the service, but they are growing because they are getting better at community outreach.

They have 8 kitchens preparing food around Pima County, so drivers should not have to travel far. Volunteers are needed once a week for less than 2 hours.

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