United Way’s Meals on Wheels Is Looking For 500 Volunteers

November 1 2021
For more information:
Joshua Lovejoy, PR Specialist

The Hot Meals program is back up to speed after COVID-19 forced changes to it last year.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Starting in January 2022, United Way’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) will resume daily hot meal deliveries for homebound seniors across Jefferson County; however, MOW requires your assistance! Meals on Wheels urgently needs an additional 500 volunteers to deliver a hot lunch and a brief check-in to homebound seniors Monday through Friday.

Meals transitioned from daily to weekly delivery at the advent of Covid 19 to protect the health and safety of clients and volunteers. Returning to daily meal delivery is paramount for a program that serves both nutritionally vulnerable and isolated seniors county wide.

“We are thrilled to return to hot meals! For many seniors, the delivery volunteer is the only person they may see during the day.”

Becky Wright, MOW Director

Meals on Wheels deliveries provide more than just a meal. Consistent access to nutritious foods improves the effectiveness of medications and helps seniors stay healthy and strong. Every knock at the door delivers food, compassion, and the caring contact that our aging neighbors need.

Volunteer drivers find meaning in knowing that for many MOW clients, the driver may be the only person they see that day–or even that week. Without volunteers who deliver, MOW would not be possible. They are exceptional stewards who are entrusted to care and feed the community -one route at a time.

The success of Meals on Wheels is dependent on volunteers who drive 50+ routes to homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County. MOW isn’t simply something that is wanted; it’s something that is desperately needed in the community.

Volunteer schedules are flexible and take about an hour to deliver hot, lunchtime meals to homebound seniors Monday-Friday. Delivery volunteers are required to complete a background check.

Find out how you can deliver a difference by visiting mowjeffco.org today!


About United Way

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
United Way of Central Alabama serves Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker
counties by identifying some of our most critical immediate and long-term needs, then building and
mobilizing resources to address them through both direct services and United Way partner agencies. For
more information, visit uwca.org.

About United Way Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a diverse community of clients, volunteers, donors, and staff brought together by
the need and desire to ensure the well-being of homebound seniors and persons with disabilities. The
program provides nutritious meals delivered to clients’ doors, as well as friendly social interaction, on a
continuing basis. The goal is to help aging neighbors live longer, more independent lives in the comfort
and dignity of their own homes. Volunteers can apply at mowjeffco.org.