They also provide something that is almost as important - companionship.
While time is often of the essence, volunteers manage to have a chat with seniors as they bring in their new meals and remove reusable items from the meals delivered the next day.
This can be vital to isolated seniors who can advise volunteers if they need help for any other reason. If seniors get meals on a daily basis and do not answer the door to a Meals on Wheels volunteer it can signal that there is an emergency inside and an alarm can be immediately raised.
Sometimes, sadly, a Meals on Wheels volunteer can be the only visitor a senior receives if they are house-bound. Seniors that can get to a center where Meals on Wheels provide food also benefit from the companionship of others, and can communicate any concerns they have.
If you have time to volunteer or could benefit for their programs, contact Meals on Wheels here: http://www.mowaa.org/
Are you or do you know an older American that needs this kind of assistance? Are you a volunteer?
Feeding America.org. Senior Hunger. Web. Retrieved Nov 8th 2012.
Reviewed November 12, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith