FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 28, 2013
Contact: Denise Harris, Marketing Coordinator
Office: 817-258-6433 Cell: 817-372-8958
Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County Faces Volunteer Shortage
Depends on volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County needs meal-delivery volunteers in all areas of the county. An increase in the number of clients has resulted in the need for additional delivery routes, which means the nonprofit needs more volunteers and donations. Substitute meal-delivery volunteers are the greatest need to fill in the gap when weekly drivers are out for illness or vacation.
The agency has a policy to never place its frail neighbors on a waiting list and relies on volunteers to deliver the fresh meals. “Meal-delivery volunteers are critical to that policy, so the need is especially urgent,” Executive Director Carla Jutson said.
Most volunteers are surprised to learn how easy it is. A volunteer’s delivery day is much like every other day, except that between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., the volunteer will pick up meals from a distribution site near their home or office and make 10–14 stops on an efficiently planned route to drop off each client’s meal. About an hour later, all of the meals have been delivered, and volunteers continue their planned activities for the day.
A regular volunteer might deliver meals along the same route once a week. Substitute drivers are asked in advance if they can fill in for regular volunteer drivers when their schedule allows. Many companies adopt a route to share among employees. Volunteers get to know the clients on their route and then become friends and, more importantly, lifelines for those who see no one else all day.
Each volunteer must provide their own reliable transportation, pass a criminal background check, and attend an orientation to learn policies and procedures. Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County provides insulated containers for those who need them because keeping hot and cold items separate is essential to each client’s health and enjoyment of the meal. Volunteers may claim vehicle mileage used throughout the year as a deduction on their income tax return.
To ask about volunteering, call Director of Volunteers Nedra Cutler, CVA, at 817-258-6426 or
ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS OF TARRANT COUNTY
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a local nonprofit agency dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals and other services to homebound residents of the county who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and have no one to help them on a regular basis. Meals are prepared in the agency’s central kitchen to ensure the highest quality food at the lowest cost. The services allow its elderly, disabled, and chronically ill neighbors to remain living at home for as long as possible, maintaining their independence and dignity.
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County • 320 South Freeway • Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-336-0912 • mealsonwheels.org