Bob Simpson is retired. During this week's storm that turned into icy roads, Simpson could have hunkered down for days.
He did not. No ice was going to keep this Meals on Wheels volunteer from taking meals to the shut-in elderly. He even took some to grocery stores, or wherever they needed to go.
"They depend on me," said Simpson. "We are talking about food here."
Simpson and several staff and volunteers delivered Monday and even Tuesday, although the York County Council on Aging that runs the food program was officially closed because of the weather.
But weather can't close hunger.
Executive director Wendy Duda and Lynn Player, in-home services coordinator, made it to the center Monday and Tuesday, along with about a dozen others. The police, those days, suggested driving only in an emergency.
"Our people getting fed is an emergency to us," said Duda.
Player, who somehow coordinates delivery of all these meals by about 70 volunteers and a few staff during normal days, made do with the people she had. She had a voice-mail message waiting for her to remind her why she drove over ice to get to work: "I am 62 years old, I am a diabetic, and I have no food in the house."
That person left no call-back number, or name.
But that is the type of person fed by these volunteers and workers.
Most of the clients of the program are home-bound. Few have any transportation.
"Some don't even have anything to cook with at home," Duda said. "The hot meal we send them is all they get."
Many shut-ins live alone, but not all. Andrew Barnette, disabled and bed-ridden, lives with his sister, Margaret, who also is a senior citizen. The hot meal "helps my brother out," Margaret said.
Andrew put it this way from his bed Wednesday after he ate: "I thank them who help me when I can't help myself."
As the threat of bad weather loomed Friday, drivers who normally take meals to about 300 shut-in seniors in York and Chester counties five days a week also took a box lunch of nonperishables for that senior to save for Monday.
Then on Monday, with the weather so bad, those people who could make it braved the roads to get the elderly two more boxed lunches for Monday and Tuesday.
"These people have got to eat," said Jan Barnhardt, whose husband picked up other kitchen workers to get them to the senior center. "They depend on us coming in here."
On Wednesday, led by manager David McAteer, all prepared and packaged hot turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes and roll for so many people - some hadn't had a warm bite since Friday's lunch.
Bob Simpson, the volunteer driver, said he does what he does because so many of the people he delivers to "need a person to care about them. I grew up in the same neighborhood where I deliver."
Most volunteers came in Monday and Tuesday, even though the center was closed.
They did it even as over the past two years, budget cuts have slashed what the senior center - which depends on local, state and federal dollars, plus donations - can offer.
Wednesday they did it again as more people made it to the center to help.
Their names as they worked to feed the most vulnerable among us Wednesday were Mary Anderson and Shoshannaih Shephatian and Jan Barnhardt. Brenda Wall and Mary Neely and Arthur Howard.
They do not know a single person who would eat the food they made. But they made it, anyway.
Angels, cooking and preparing and packaging that food for strangers who, without them, might not eat.
"These people who eat this food need us," said Anderson. "We can't let them down."