Mathews Meals on Wheels seeks volunteer drivers

- Posted on Aug 07, 2019 - 01:58 PM

Photo: Meals on Wheels volunteer Carol Hamlett, left, delivers a healthy lunch to Mathews resident Florence Holmes.

Meals on Wheels volunteer Carol Hamlett, left, delivers a healthy lunch to Mathews resident Florence Holmes.

The Mathews Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteers willing to serve two to three hours a week delivering meals to seniors in their community.

Laura Matthews, Bay Aging’s Active Lifestyle Center Manager and Meals on Wheels Coordinator in Mathews, said in a press release that Mathews County Public Schools provides “incredible home-cooked meals” for local seniors, but that getting the meals delivered is becoming a challenge.

“Unfortunately, without more volunteers, it is difficult to reach as many of our neighbors as we need to,” she said.

Bay Aging, which operates the Meals on Wheels program throughout the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, said that it can arrange a volunteer schedule that works for the individual.

The Meals on Wheels program accomplishes much more than providing sustenance to homebound seniors, said the release. The volunteers are a lifeline for seniors, providing friendship and safety checks for the people they serve. In 2018, Bay Aging staff and Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered over 166,000 nutritious meals to frail, homebound seniors throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Ken Rogers, director of Bay Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, noted, “Almost every county we serve has a rapidly growing senior population and, in many cases, Meals on Wheels deliveries are the only way these seniors can continue to live independently in their own homes. For example, by next year, Mathews County will be 32 percent age 65 or older, and many of these seniors live alone.”

Carol Hamlett has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Mathews for seven years, said the release, and she has found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

“Without Bay Aging, I would never have known what a rewarding experience volunteering could be,” she said. “It makes me feel so good when I go into someone’s home and their face lights up because I’m there.”

For more information about becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, call or email Matthews at 804-725-7850 or lmatthews@bayaging.org.