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Character Patrol: Roberta McArthur
December 8, 2012
By Jessica Root
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
There were many people in Lee’s Summit that went hungry because they could not get Meals on Wheels, did not have enough money to buy food or were not able to cook food for themselves any more.
Many of these individuals were elderly or physically impaired, and our community was too ready to look the other way at the situation.
Many of these individuals did not have financial resources needed to obtain the meal, and getting the meals to these individuals, most who cannot drive or walk very far, was also an obstacle.
Someone needed to get enough people together to tackle the great need in the community.
“It is a monumental task to plan, fund, and coordinate almost a hundred meals a day, each and every day,” Hans Koschmann, Martin Luther Lutheran Church Pastor, said.
Roberta McArthur started One Good Meal with her mother almost two decades ago after a friend returned home from the hospital and did not possess the means to eat.
Roberta has been coordinating, fundraising and leading One Good Meal for nearly 10 years.
One Good Meal drivers cover all of Lee’s Summit, from Lakewood down to Lake Winnebago and from Longview to Highway 7.
One Good Meal also receives community service volunteers from the court system, and One Good Meal boasts an extremely low recidivism rate.
One Good Meal is proud to help feed those that fall through the cracks, and Roberta leads this act of kindness with compassion and dedication.
This week’s Character Patrol is brought to you by Hans Koschmann, Martin Luther Lutheran Church Pastor
Be inspired to notice the random acts of kindness that are part of every day.
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