The program out of Good Sam, Meals on Wheels, continues to grow – and needs volunteers.
From my story about the program’s launch in May, director Charlie Ring says, “There are 140,000 people who are homebound in Palm Beach County, according to 2008 figures,” he said. “Most of them are under the radar. These are not indigent people, these are poor – there’s a difference. The indigent people qualify for free meals at a number of sites around the county. Most of our clients are above the poverty line.”
I can deliver meals
I am officially a volunteer, who delivers meals once a week on a short route. I can’t wait to get into this – the cheerful, grateful people we talked to today changed my outlook for the rest of the day.
The program is growing and will need even more volunteers during their first season as word gets out. Consider volunteering to run a short route (most are four or five close-together spots).
Companies or groups can sponsor a route
If you’re a company who could sponsor meals or routes, consider becoming involved in a corporate presence. Already, some businesses sponsor a route and their employees take turns doing it
Alternately, just donate to their program; it’s tax-deductible.
It’s going to take at most 90 minutes for my route from the time I leave home, till I pick up my food at Good Sam and take it to my Meals on Wheels recipients – and it will be the best 90 minutes of my week, I’m sure.
To volunteer or contact Meals on Wheels, Meals on Wheels offices in West Palm Beach: 561-802-6979.