As told by Joey’s teacher, Matthew:
Joey really enjoyed being out in the city today, walking around, going into buildings and hand delivering meals to elderly people who are not mobile enough to get out to a grocery store or restaurant.
We left the school at 9:30 am, and took the subway four stops to the 49th street N stop, which is a few blocks away from the church which has a basement that serves as a soup kitchen and food bank. Here we picked up the food, and the wheeled container that kept it warm on such a cold day. There were four school students in total, so we broke into two groups of two, and Joey, another boy, another teacher and I walked up to 57th, 58th, and 59th, streets near Columbus Circle, where we delivered the food.
Joey and the other boy took turns wheeling the food from building to building, of which there were three or four, where we delivered multiple orders. When we would get to the buildings we would stop in the lobby and take the food out of the transport containers, and check the apartment numbers on our list, before taking the elevators to the various floors and finding the correct apartments. Then we would ring the bells and knock on the doors, await the answer, and I would have Joey announce “Meals on Heels!” before handing over their food.
The elderly people were really grateful to see our faces and their food, and they thanked Joey and I for bringing them food and wished us a Happy Thanksgiving. After our deliveries were finished we returned the food containers back to the church, and then walked to the subway, which we took back to the stop closest to school.
By the time we got back to school, it was almost 12:30pm, which is significant, because this activity was very involved, it was three hours long, and required the expenditure of a lot of energy on a cold day, and Joey stayed on task perfectly well and behaved himself properly. After returning to school, Joey heated up his lunch and joined the rest of the class in the gymnasium for their Thanksgiving feast, where Joey sat and ate with his peers.
The rest of the day was very structured, so we did not get the chance to discuss the morning on the letter board, however, before we left I asked Joey what he hoped to get out of Meals on Heals today, and he replied:
TODAY I PLAN ON INTERESTING SOME ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SOME DELIVERED LUNCH!