Meals on Wheels Needs 500 More Volunteers

Starting in January 2022, United Way’s Meals on Wheels will resume delivery of hot meals, five days a week, to homebound seniors across Jefferson County. And an additional 500 volunteers are needed to help make that happen.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meals on Wheels transitioned from daily delivery of hot meals to weekly delivery of five frozen meals (all at once) as a major step designed to limit both clients’ and volunteers’ exposure to the virus. Still operating with all necessary safety protocols in place, the organization is now preparing to return to its traditional delivery schedule and will again be serving hot meals to homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County.

“We are thrilled to return to hot meals! For many seniors, the delivery volunteer is the only person they may see during the day.”

Becky Wright, MOW Director

Meals on Wheels deliveries provide more than just a meal. Consistent access to nutritious foods improves the effectiveness of medications and helps seniors stay healthy and strong. Every knock at the door brings with it food, compassion and the human contact that our aging neighbors need.

The success of Meals on Wheels is dependent on its many dedicated volunteers who, together, cover more more than 50 routes throughout Jefferson County. Volunteer schedules are flexible and take about an hour to deliver hot, lunchtime meals Monday through Friday. Volunteers who make deliveries are required to complete a background check.

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