Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteer Delivery Drivers

Senior Resource Association, operators of Indian River County’s Meals on Wheels, needs volunteers to deliver food to local seniors in need

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Woman washing fresh, uncooked produce. Photo by CDC via Unsplash
Volunteers are needed to help with meal deliveries to seniors in Indian River County. Photo by CDC via Unsplash

Senior Resource Association, operators of Indian River County’s Meals on Wheels program, is seeking volunteers to drive local weekday delivery routes to bring food to seniors in need.

“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,” said Karen Deigl, president and CEO of Senior Resource Association.

Senior Resource Association is able to feed more seniors than ever, thanks to support from donors and grant-making organizations like Impact 100. However, with so many seasonal residents away for the summer, more volunteer drivers are needed.

Routes take less than two hours to complete and delivery times are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers can choose their day and how often they drive.

Deliveries are clustered geographically for convenience. A free app contains delivery information and directions between stops. Hot and cold bags are provided by Senior Resource Association 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.”

To volunteer for Meals on Wheels or to donate to Senior Resource Association, please call 772-569-0760 or email info@sramail.org.

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