Since 1969 Falls Church Community Service Council, Inc. (FCS) has involved a ministry of assisting Falls Church area residents facing emergency needs. In March of 1971, FCS became involved with the Northern Virginia “Meals on Wheels” (MOW) program. Over the years, meals were prepared at area hospitals and then, more recently, at Falls Church High School. Teams of volunteers would then pick up the meals and deliver them to clients every weekday. Over the years, volunteers from about a dozen FCS congregations have helped to coordinate and deliver meals.
In 1982, Shirley Frye, then a volunteer deliverer from Graham Road Methodist began to help. In 1986 Frye was asked to coordinate the entire program, and since then she has served as the MOW coordinator from 1986 up until the end of 2017.
The FCS community as well as the entire Falls Church community is greatly indebted to Shirley for her wonderful, caring and compassionate leadership of MOW for these past 30 plus years. Shirley, along with her right-hand man and husband, Ken, and with a corps of other dedicated helpers and volunteers, has made sure that over 50 shut-ins and those in need, have had a meal delivered to their home each weekday.
Recently, MOW has undergone some major changes, and although Frye is no longer the coordinator, FCS is striving to maintain its role in this ministry. Other helpers are needed to help continue this vital program, which Frye helped to build.
Frye is grateful for all of you who have quietly helped and supported MOW over the years. And all of FCS is grateful for the leadership, kindness and love of Shirley Frye.