Meals On Wheels Seeks Volunteer Drivers

Sharon Uffindell and Marilynn Gray-Raine deliver meals to the home-bound.

By Holly Smith

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization serving homebound seniors to maintain their health and allow them to live independently in the comfort and security of their own home since 1968.

They do this by delivering nutritious portion-controlled meals to the senior citizens of the community. The service is available for persons 60 years of age and older who are homebound and unable to cook or shop for themselves.

Meals on Wheels is funded through a variety of sources, including government and community grants, fundraising and individual donations. Clients are asked to contribute what they can afford toward the cost of their meals.

Volunteers are the backbone of this organization, and Meals on Wheels is currently looking for volunteer delivery drivers for the Antioch/Pittsburg area as well as Central Contra Costa.

This is a great community service opportunity for individuals, families, groups or organizations. Volunteers usually drive one day a week and deliver up to 16 meals a day. Meal delivery takes place between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday and usually takes about two hours.

If you are looking to receive or know someone who qualifies for Meals on Wheels call 925-778-4379. An in-home assessment will be required the first week of receiving your meals. For Volunteer opportunities contact Nancy Raniere at 925-937-8607 extension 124.

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