On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. For decades, these critical programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – have delivered more than just nutritious meals to homebound seniors in virtually every community across the country. And, the dedicated staff and volunteers who deliver these meals each week provide a vital lifeline and connection to the community, which are sometimes all it takes to keep our senior neighbors at home, where they want to be.
Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to celebrate this proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten. By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can ensure the seniors in your neighborhood can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be!
Volunteering is a vital part of Senior Services’ mission to help older adults remain independent and we are able to provide rewarding work in service to Midland County seniors. While working with this goal-oriented team, you will feel needed and valued, socialize and meet new people and develop skills and experience. Studies indicate that volunteers live longer, have lower rates of depression and recover faster from physical illness.
At Senior Services, Meals on Wheels volunteers, driving their own vehicles, deliver meals to homebound seniors. Routes are available in all areas of the county from most of our Senior Center locations. Many volunteers work as a team on established routes which usually take no more than one to two hours per week. Lunch is also provided and mileage is reimbursed.
It’s more important than ever to celebrate the power and importance of Meals on Wheels amid this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Call Allison at 989-633-3741 for more information about volunteering with Senior Services to deliver meals.