One local nonprofit ensures that homebound residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties receive over 55,000 meals annually through a program that combines meals and wheels.
Meals on Wheels Takoma Park/Silver Spring has a chef, kitchen, in-house deli, and partnerships for food donations. The organization is currently seeking 10 new drivers to meet the increasing demands of clients in Takoma, Silver Spring, Langley Park, Chillum, and Adelphi.
“Our clients who live in five Maryland communities rely on Meals on Wheels’ essential service to remain healthy and independent at home,” said Ruth Masterson, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Takoma Park/Silver Spring. “In order to meet the needs of our clients, we need to add to our volunteer driver roster. Benefits include joining a terrific, friendly community; confidence that you’re keeping our community nourished and well; and, every now and then, a free meal.”
Meals on Wheels provides two meals every weekday to seniors, immunocompromised individuals, those with physical challenges, and those recovering from illness or injury. The organization relies on grants and individual donations to support its mission of delivering meals to clients’ doors and is seeking assistance from the community to help with meal pickups and deliveries.
“We make it easy for our drivers by providing the tools and support they need for a great experience. Each route starts at noon and requires only an hour and a half, or often less, making it quite manageable for retirees to, and also possible for people working from home to do on their lunch,” Masterson said.
According to a press release, Meals on Wheels also provides opportunities for parents to participate in delivering meals during school breaks while spending time with their children. Children of any age can join their parents on a route when school is not in session, learning about generosity and community.
Courtney Gardner, the Community Engagement Manager, mentioned that all volunteers in their recent survey expressed a strong willingness to recommend volunteering with the organization to their friends and family.
The survey report, released this week, also highlighted that volunteers particularly enjoy the connections they make and the camaraderie with clients, staff, and other volunteers.
One volunteer reported, “I love the opportunity to give a little “love” in the form of a meal and a smile to the clients. It’s a total joy to see them each week.”
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