OTTUMWA – Back in February a plea went out from Milestones Area Agency on Aging for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Ottumwa area. The response was generous; but more volunteers are needed to share the load. A waiting list for home delivered meals has been started due to the volume of need and the shortage of drivers. “Now more than ever before the senior meal program needs reliable individuals who want to help homebound elders stay independent by providing a daily meal,” says Milestones Nutrition Director Pam Taylor. “Milestones is looking to the community. Volunteers are essential to the nutrition program; delivering a meal and a smile.” Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 11:00am -1:00pm. Individuals or groups are encouraged to sign up for what fits into their schedule whether it is one, three or five days per week or once per month.
Seniors depend on this meal service to remain independent in their own homes. And for many, it could be their only hot meal of the day. Over 34,000 meals were prepared and served last year to Ottumwa seniors age 60 and older. Of that total, 30,000 meals were delivered to the homes of seniors living in the area.
Volunteer requirements include one year of driving experience, valid driver’s license, auto insurance and reliable transportation. Mileage reimbursement is optional.
Just a few hours per week can make a world of difference in the lives of aging neighbors who live next door, around the corner or across town. Individual volunteers are encouraged to sign up, as are service organizations, church groups and businesses that are looking for a community project to take on. Please contact Connie Murray at the Ottumwa Senior Meal Center at 641-208-5180 Monday thru Friday between 8am-2pm.