Meals on Wheels effort in need of more volunteers

MELVINDALE – The Meals on Wheels program here is seeking additional volunteers to help deliver hot meals and caring contact to homebound senior citizens in an effort to end hunger among the at-risk elderly.

Ryan Massolia, senior and recreation coordinator, recently told the City Council that currently the program has enough volunteers to cover existing routes. More, however, would help cover the routes quicker and provide backups for existing volunteers who are unable to work their scheduled days.

Deliveries are from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Currently, one route delivers to 40 seniors, but organizers would like to split that in half so hot meals can be delivered more quickly.

Volunteers can sign up for one or more days a week. They must undergo a background check and have up-to-date car insurance and a reliable — but not necessarily large — vehicle.

Mileage reimbursement is available.

“It’s very rewarding in itself to see all the seniors every day, once a day,” Massolia said. “But Wayne County does put on a great luncheon for all the volunteers in mid-April. So it’s a lot of fun.”

To volunteer or for more information on the Meals on Wheels in Melvindale call (313) 429-1089, ext. 1705.

To learn more about Meals on Wheels for seniors contact the Wayne County Office of Nutrition at (800) 851-1454 or the Melvindale Senior Community Center at (313) 429-1089 for more information.