Pittsboro, NC – The Home-Delivered Meals service (otherwise known as ‘Meals-on-Wheels’) provides a hot noontime meal to elderly who are home-bound Monday through Friday. This service depends on volunteers. Right now the Chatham County Council on Aging is in need of volunteers for both the Pittsboro and Siler City areas. “We need regular volunteers who can deliver a meal one day a week as well as substitute volunteers,” reports Dennis Streets, executive director of the Council on Aging. “The need is now-we hope that fellow Chatham citizens will respond.”
The noontime meal for a home-bound senior can make a tremendous difference in helping the person stay living safely at home. Meal recipients report the positive effect it has on their health. As one recipient recently shared, “I don’t eat breakfast, so I depend on lunch; lunch many days is my only meal.” The Meals-on-Wheels recipients also value the contact they have with the volunteers who deliver their meals. “Volunteers also tell us how meaningful their visit with home-bound is as well,” Streets says. “I think that many times volunteers get as much or more from this experience as do the meal recipients.”
This past year, the Council on Aging provided about 14,500 hot meals to home-bound seniors. This was only possible due to those who volunteered to give a little over an hour one day a week to make a huge difference for seniors who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves and have no one else willing or able to do so for them. “In 2015, we should not be talking about malnutrition among seniors but unfortunately that is what we face if we cannot reach them to provide assistance,” Streets noted.
To become a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, contact the Council on Aging in Pittsboro at 919-542-4512 or in Siler City at 919-742-3975. Interested persons can also complete the Council’s Volunteer application.