HELPING FIGHT SENIOR HUNGER AND ISOLATION
Our local Meals on Wheels program was set in motion in 1976 – serving just five clients at that time. Today, this vital service provides more than 187,000 meals to homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County each year. The program is administered by United Way of Central Alabama.
Hot meals are delivered daily (Monday through Friday) by a dedicated corps of about 500 volunteers. In addition to delivering meals to homebound seniors, there is another important aspect to serving as a Meals on Wheels volunteer: human contact. Many seniors who are unable to leave their homes may not see or talk to another individual for days at a time. Meals on Wheels volunteers provide them an opportunity for conversation and socialization. Engaging with the volunteer is completely up to the client, but volunteers are always prepared for a friendly visit, and to make sure that other critical needs are not going unmet.