Meals on Wheels volunteers urgently needed

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published November 15, 2018

MACOMB COUNTY — Officials with Macomb Community Action’s Office of Senior Services say they are in urgent need of support for the upcoming Meals on Wheels initiative.

The program is in need of 130 volunteers to assist in the general volunteer program and for a special one-time delivery on Saturday, Dec. 1.

“Currently, our pool of substitute volunteers is very small,” said Roneeka Pleasant-Brown, the public information manager for the Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services.

On Dec. 1, the agency will pack and deliver boxes of shelf-stable meals for times when unsafe weather or other emergency circumstances prevent the normal delivery of hot meals to Macomb County seniors.

Volunteers are needed to help pack or deliver food boxes between 9 and 11 a.m. from the Macomb County warehouse, located at 44900 Vic Wertz Drive, near Hall Road and Groesbeck Highway, in Clinton Township.

If delivering meals, personal vehicles must be used, and individuals should allow approximately two hours for the task. Organizers have asked those interested in volunteering to sign up by Nov. 26.

“Individuals who would prefer not to have a regular schedule can sign up to be a substitute instead,” Pleasant-Brown said. “We would notify them of last-minute needs when the regular driver is not available.”

In addition to the 130 volunteers needed for the special delivery, due to a large decline, Meals on Wheels is sending out a call for help to Macomb County residents and businesses asking them to consider volunteering for the program at large.

Meals are delivered Mondays through Fridays to more than 1,800 seniors throughout Macomb County. Volunteers are needed to ensure that all participants receive their meals and that they are delivered in a timely manner. Delivery routes are available in several areas. Volunteers can deliver as many times a week as they like.

Pleasant-Brown said the agency is currently serving 1,800 residents and has 26 pickup locations around Macomb County. Volunteers are assigned a route near their home or workplace, depending on their preference.

“The program also uses a small pool of volunteers to deliver a hot meal on Christmas and Easter,” Pleasant-Brown said, adding that interested individuals should sign up early, as volunteer opportunities fill up a month in advance.

She said any size of vehicle will work for deliveries. The program provides two insulated bags to safely deliver the meals, one for the hot portion of the meal and one for the cold.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a parent or authorized adult, and will be required to pass a background check. Delivery drivers must have a valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance.

To volunteer, contact the Macomb Community Action Office of Senior Services at (586) 469-5228, or fill out the registration form online at mca.ma combgov.org.