A volunteer shortage has impacted meal delivery days for Warren County Meals on Wheels. The organization, which aims to address hunger and isolation, is seeking assistance.
Previously, before COVID-19, up to 210 hot meals were delivered each day Monday thru Friday with additional frozen meals delivered on Fridays to meet the weekend needs of some. Now, due to the deficit of volunteers, the schedule is modified.
“When COVID hit, we lost a lot of volunteers, and some simply aged out,” said Nancy Mayfield, director. “It has been hard to build it back. We take as many precautions as possible to keep people safe. We are still delivering five hot meals a week, but we are doing in it in four days. For example, we take two on Wednesday and they can warm up the second on Thursday. Some of our clients that do not have anyone receive frozen meals for the weekend. It’s a sad day when you simply have no one.”
Mayfield continued, “Other than delivery needs, we need volunteers to help package at the center.”
Seemingly, to most, one day would not signify an impact as the meal is actually delivered a day prior. Mayfield elaborated saying, “It’s more than a meal delivery. It’s a wellness visit. The Meals on Wheels volunteer may very well be the only person some see in a day. If there is something wrong or amiss, we contact the family. Also, they may just simply need something that would be very small to most of us such as getting their mail from the box.”
Ben Lomand, McMinnville Fire Department, Security Federal, Bridgestone, Morrison Industries, First National Bank and others create teams who are willing to assist. Other groups and individuals also assist in this endeavor.
Mayfield expressed her appreciation for those businesses and their employees.
“We have wonderful volunteers and we appreciate each and every one of them. We just need more,” she said.
For more information on becoming a Meals on Wheels Volunteer, call 473-2514, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook at Warren County Meals on Wheels.