Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteer Delivery Drivers to Feed Hungry Seniors08-09-2023
“On any given day, more than 300 older adults are on the waitlist to receive hot nutritious meals, milk and fruit delivered to their doors,” states Karen Deigl, President and CEO of Senior Resource Association.
Thanks to support from generous donors and grant-making organizations like Impact-100, SRA is able to feed more seniors than ever before but, with so many seasonal residents away for the summer, more volunteer drivers are needed.
Meals on Wheels routes take less than two hours to complete, between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers can choose their day and how often they drive. Some deliver one day a week; some drive only once a month. Still others give multiple days each week.
Deliveries are clustered geographically for convenience. A handy, free smart phone app contains pertinent delivery info and gives directions from one stop to the next. Hot and cold bags are provided by SRA to maintain safe food temperatures. Volunteer supplies also include Meals on Wheels identification, vehicle magnets, and print materials. Background screening is required.
“The need for nutritional support among local seniors is exceptionally high,” notes Deigl, “but we are fortunate that our supporters recognize the ever-increasing demand and are helping us to address it. Now, we’re looking for volunteers to help get more meals on the road to the hungry.”