Meals on Wheels launches volunteer recruitment drive

Meals on Wheels America, in partnership with the Ad Council, has launched a national "America, Let’s Do Lunch" campaign to recruit volunteers to serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

More than 10 million – 1 in 6 – seniors in the United States face the threat of hunger, and more than 15 million – 1 in 4 – are living in isolation. In Hillsborough County alone, 2,831 seniors are being served by St. Joseph Community Services Meals on Wheels. With the senior population projected to double by 2050, SJCS Meals on Wheels is joining the effort to help enlist a new army of volunteers in Hillsborough County to serve the growing need of this population.

Every day, SJCS Meals on Wheels volunteers help deliver more than 1,400 meals and provide friendly visits and safety checks to those who need them most. For many seniors, the volunteer who delivers a meal is the only person they will see that day. This personal interaction nourishes seniors and volunteers alike.

SJCS relies on volunteers to deliver meals, typically between 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., up to five days a week.

Elida Gagne, program outreach coordinator, said more than 500 volunteers – office volunteers, kitchen volunteers, and volunteer drivers and helpers – "truly keep us in motion. We would not be able to run our operations without their tireless commitment to our clients and our mission. Members of our volunteer team make an immediate impact on the lives of the elderly and homebound disabled within our community."

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit www.mealsonwheelsnh.org.

For more information about the "America, Let’s Do Lunch" campaign, visit www.AmericaLetsDoLunch.org.