How You Can Help
The number of seniors in our country will grow exponentially in the coming years. Meals on Wheels is a proven public-private partnership that effectively addresses the challenges of aging by promoting health and improving quality of life for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors. By leveraging the existing Meals on Wheels network, we have the opportunity to not only keep seniors at home, but also save billions in tax dollars by keeping them out of more costly healthcare settings.
We need your help. Meals on Wheels’ success depends on our volunteer network of those who drive a route and deliver thousands of meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons in Jefferson County. Volunteer schedules are flexible and require only a minimal time commitment. See below if you would like to learn how to become a Meals on Wheels Volunteer.
Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver meals throughout Jefferson County. Routes and schedules are generally flexible, but may currently vary due to COVID-19 protocols.
Volunteers can organize neighborhood food drives to help stock our pantry with canned goods and other non-perishables.
Volunteer opportunities for packing and loading meals are listed on INVOLVE, which is United Way of Central Alabama’s online volunteer registry.
Food For Thought
Through the course of the pandemic, our number of volunteers (many age 65+) fluctuated. Ultimately, the total declined in 2022 due to necessary safety precautions, adjustments to our delivery schedule and some natural attrition. While we are in need of additional help and are actively recruiting, we are deeply grateful to, and supportive of, the 329 amazing volunteers who remained dedicated to delivering meals and making calls to our homebound seniors in Jefferson County during these challenging times.