The Senior CommUnity Meal program "Meals on Wheels" in the Delta area serves a critical need for homebound older adults receiving weekday lunches. Three route volunteer drivers are currently needed in the Delta area.
Many of the individuals served are not physically able to leave their homes for food and many cannot afford the cost of the service. Delivering the meals takes about an hour from start to finish and can be done over a lunch hour, if the volunteer is working. Some of the seniors cut the nutritious lunch in half so they have two meals for the day -- lunch and dinner -- according to Al Shonk, program director.
Shonk said, "It would be great to find an organization or church that will adopt a route so the program can provide meals and frequent contact for these individuals."
The program trains volunteer drivers of Meals on Wheels to not only deliver a hot meal, but to also be alert for the well-being of clients. If a driver knocks, and the individual does not answer the door, the driver does not leave the food on the step. Instead, the driver calls out and then contacts the Meals on Wheels office to report the inability to contact, Shonk said.
Phone calls are then placed to emergency contact numbers provided. If no contact is made, safety service personnel such as the sheriff's office or fire department are called to help check on the person.
"Without volunteers, we could not afford to offer this program in Delta and surrounding areas," Shonk said. "We sincerely appreciate all the work our volunteers do to provide this much-needed service for our older adults."
To get started as a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, call the Senior CommUnity Meals office at 835-8025 or email Debbie Sheffield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.seniorcommunitymeals.org for more information on the program.