Tracie Bates-Orgill, 14, of Rigby, Idaho, an eighth-grader at Rigby Middle School, serves senior citizens in her community by preparing and delivering Meals on Wheels and by raising money to replace the old and problem-prone delivery van used in the program. Tracie said she got involved because she enjoys being around seniors at her community's senior center. "I loved visiting with them," she said. "I would sit and listen to them. I learned more about the past then I would in a history class and it was much more interesting." During her conversations with seniors, Tracie learned about the importance of Meals on Wheels, especially for those on tight budgets or who can no longer prepare their own food. Her efforts raised more than a thousand dollars toward the purchase of a new van for more reliable meal-delivery service.
She began by helping to prepare nutritious meals for seniors and then delivering them to those in need, many of them unable to leave their homes. It was then that she saw how susceptible the program's delivery van was to breakdowns and how many seniors depend upon these meals being delivered in a timely manner. When she asked the directors at the center how she could help, they suggested she raise money to help purchase a new van. Tracie decided to hold a barbeque, publicizing the event with flyers that she distributed around the community. Her efforts raised more than a thousand dollars toward the purchase of a new van for more reliable meal-delivery service.