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Pittsboro group delivers meals to those in need on weekends

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Volunteers bag food at Pittsboro Roadhouse. Volunteers bag food at Pittsboro Roadhouse.

A small group in Pittsboro put together a Meals on Wheels program to help those that may not otherwise have food on the weekends.

The Pittsboro Roadhouse is closed on Sundays, but that the day the restaurant comes the meeting place for a small group to make and assemble meals to deliver to the elderly and those who are unable to leave their homes.

"We focus on the community," said Greg Lewis, who owns the Roadhouse along with his wife Maria. "We are part of the community and we want to help represent the community here."

Greg and Maria Lewis coordinated with Meals on Wheels, the Chatham Health Department and the Council on Aging to get a list of people who receive deliveries Monday through Friday so they can help them out on weekends.

"No one is taking them a meal on Saturdays and Sundays," Lewis said. "So during the week, they are either having to save a bit of their meal or hope that their family comes by if they have family. Some of them don't have family in the area.

"We want to start finding families in need; not just the elderly shut-ins, but families in need that we could deliver meals to."

The group is in its second week and it has already added 15 more names to its list. Volunteers like Lisa Albright said they are providing food, a friendly face and conversation.

"You can tell that people get lonely," Albright said.

Maria Parker-Lewis said the reaction from the community has been great.

"It's not just the Roadhouse doing this," she said. "This is community. These are people that live in Pittsboro -- it's friends and family. So even though this is the stage for it, it's happening here. We are working with others."

The group is currently focused on Pittsboro and Siler City but hopes to eventually expand across Chatham County if it can get the help it needs.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can call the Pittsboro Roadhouse at (919) 542-2432.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.

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