Have food, will travel
Chief Master Sgt. Mark Godfrey, 301st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, delivers another Meal on Wheels to a familiar face. Chief Godfrey, along with other senior enlisted 301st Fighter Wing members, have been involved in the program for nearly two years. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
301st enlisted make a true impact with local Meals on Wheels program



by Tech. Sgt. Stephen Bailey
301st Fighter Wing


9/29/2008 - Fort Worth, TEXAS -- The Naval Air Station Chiefs Group has taken a step forward to lead out in community efforts by getting involved in the Meals on Wheels program. 

These military-led deliveries started nearly two years ago after the chiefs discussed positive actions they could take within the community and that's when Chief Master Sergeant Mark Godfrey stepped in. An earlier participant in the Meals on Wheels program back in the 1980's, the chief felt Meals on Wheels was a well-deserving program and would be a good starting point to involve their group and other military participants in. 

"I just remember how excited I was back in my early military days seeing the thankful expression on the recipients face in receiving a hot meal; and how it made me feel real good to do something to help others," Chief Godfrey said. 

Meals on Wheels can trace its roots as far back to Great Britain during World War II when women brought refreshments in canteens to servicemen and when many people lost their homes and therefore the ability to cook their own food. The Women's Volunteer Service provided food for these people. The concept of delivering meals to those unable to prepare their own evolved into the modern programs that deliver mostly to the homebound elderly for free or with donations. 

Today the Meals on Wheels mission is to make sure "no senior goes hungry" delaying or eliminating their need to be institutionalized by providing the nutrition they need.
For the chiefs group and others who have gotten involved it's more than just giving a meal to someone in need but it's in the receiving that has made the true impact. 

"We all have enjoyed the time helping the community and in meeting new people. We share our lives and take the time to talk and invest in the lives with those who have helped make this country a successful nation, Chief Godfrey explained. "My time with Meals on Wheels is time well spent." Deliveries are made every Thursday based on route assignments received by the group. 

Other chiefs who have gotten involved in Meals on Wheels include Chiefs Richard Ernst, 301st Mission Support Squadron, James Singleton, 701st Medical Squadron, Jerome Lewis, 301st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Rose Love, 10th Air Force, and Ronnie Barham, 301st Civil Engineer Squadron. 

The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need with an ultimate goal of the eradication of hunger and malnutrition among America's seniors and others in need. 

For more information how to get involved in Meals on Wheels, call Chief Master Sgt. Mark Godfrey at 817.782.7946.