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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Mobile Meals of La Crosse has been around since the early 1970s, but their service may be needed now, more than ever.

It's a non-profit primarily made up of volunteers. They deliver between 60-70 meals a day, 7 days a week. Their meal service is generally geared towards those that are homebound, disabled or the elderly.

Director of Mobile Meals Mike Desmond says that thanks to a partnership with the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, they're able to design healthy and nutritional options for delivery. "Their food service here at Mayo where they have registered dietitians and all the meals are designed to be very healthy."

Now is a crucial time to stay healthy, and those that are practicing social distancing can really benefit from this service.

"We don't know what the effect of the virus will have on meals. We haven't seen anything dramatic, a few new clients and so forth, but we're ready to go," said Desmond. "I will say this, we couldn't do it without the hundreds of volunteers."

Their volunteers often times come from churches, groups, organizations, and schools. They come to serve no matter the condition. Volunteer Nancy Danou says that she knows they're helping a vulnerable population. "I think it's even more important than it was before because we are asked to self-isolate, especially with older people or people who have underlying health problems," said Danou. "We might be the people who deliver those meals, one of the few that really see them and have contact with them and know that they're ok today."

Today, tomorrow, the Mobile Meal team plans to continue being a service you can trust during a tough time.

"The older community sometimes gets a little overlooked with some of the things that are available and I think someone who needs meals delivered to them you're meeting a real basic service. People need to eat," said Danou.

The service is always willing to help out new faces.

"We're certainly open to new clients and it's a very easy process," said Desmond. "They can get going within the very next day, we can get meals out to them."

With this service, you can get up to two meals per day. A hot meal costs $4.25 and a cold meal costs $1.25.

Mobile Meals and Mayo Kitchen say that they already practice thorough hygiene, but the biggest thing now is making sure that their volunteers aren't feeling sick in any way before they head out.

Those at Mobile Meals say that they can always use more volunteers. You can visit their website here.

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