Debbie Touchton Welcomed as Newest Member Of Meals on Wheels of Polk County Board of Directors
Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Polk County welcomed Debbie Touchton of Winter Haven as the newest member of its board of directors at a regular monthly meeting on April 14.
In addition to serving as a director, Touchton is a volunteer driver, delivering freshly-cooked homemade meals each weekday to homebound clients on a route in Winter Haven. She has been a volunteer driver for more than four years. “We are delighted that Debbie has stepped forward to devote even more of her valuable time to Meals on Wheels by serving on our board. The experience she gained over the past four years as a volunteer driver gives her a unique perspective for serving on our board,” said MOW Executive Director Susan Eldridge.
Touchton said she was inspired to volunteer as a driver after seeing the “wonderful” service her parents received after they became Meals on Wheels clients many years ago. “My parents were clients and it turned out great. When I saw how wonderful they were treated, I began volunteering,” she said.
A native of Winter Haven, Debbie resides in Winter Haven with her husband, John Touchton, an award-winning builder of custom homes trading as John R. Touchton, Inc. She served as office manager for the company-owned business for 37 years before her husband semi retired.
The Touchtons attend Grace Lutheran Church and have one daughter, Ryan, and two grandsons. Debbie is a former member of the Junior League of Winter Haven. Headquartered at 620 Sixth Street in Winter Haven, MOW Polk County is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that prepares and delivers more than 100,000 meals each year to homebound people residing in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Davenport and parts of Lakeland.
On a typical weekday, MOW volunteers visit more than 420 homes to provide clients who are mostly over the age of 65 with nutritious, freshly-cooked, hot meals. When making deliveries, these drivers are frequently the only people MOW clients have the opportunity to interact each day.
Meals on Wheels of Polk County welcomes volunteers to serve as drivers, kitchen workers, thrift store clerks, fundraisers and board members. Anyone wishing to become a MOW volunteer or client should call Susan Eldridge at 863-299-1616. Information also is obtainable on the MOW Web site at www.mealsonwheelspolk.com. Because it receives no government funding, Meals on Wheels of Polk County relies solely on fundraising initiatives, thrift store sales and donations from individuals, corporate sponsors, churches and non-profit charitable organizations to carry on its mission of feeding and interacting with homebound citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
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