More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most. In Idaho, more than 29,000 seniors are threatened by hunger and over 72,500 are isolated and living alone. In Ada County alone, of the 900 meals prepared daily, 500 meals are delivered to homebound senior citizens.
Meals on Wheels is best known as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what is not known is how valuable the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who delivers their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a beneficial moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.
We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them volunteering and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.
With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Metro Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. We rely on an army of over 400 volunteers, with over 50 helping prepare, serve or deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am and 1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across Ada County. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their time and volunteer.
You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Ada County by volunteering with Metro Meals on Wheels. If you can’t stray too far from the office or your home, you can still “do lunch” by donating your lunch break and participating in meal delivery close to your work or house. We also have opportunities for volunteers to help in the local senior citizens centers with food preparation and packaging.
Sign up to volunteer with Metro Meals on Wheels and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Download an application by visiting the Volunteer page. If you would like more information or have any questions, contact Cheryl Johnson, Services & Volunteer Coordinator, by phoning (208) 321-0031 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.