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Volunteers Needed for Louisville's Meals on Wheels Program

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587/303-6167




Volunteers Needed for Louisville’s Meals on Wheels Program

Critical Need in West and Southwest Louisville




Louisville Metro Government's Meals on Wheels Program is seeking drivers to help deliver meals to elderly throughout Louisville. The need for reliable volunteers across the community who have their own transportation is ongoing, with a special focus of filling several vacancies in the Western and Southwestern parts of the city.

Councilwoman Attica Scott, along with Darrell Aniton -- Program Manager of the Metro division that oversees Meals on Wheels -- will deliver meals in the Shively area on Thursday, September 26 to help raise awareness.

"The Meals on Wheels program is vital in helping seniors in our community stay healthy by providing hot, nutritious meals. Volunteers offer an added benefit of providing much needed companionship to these homebound individuals who may have few opportunities for other social interaction,” stated Councilwoman Scott.

Volunteers pick up from a nutrition site near their delivery route between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a typical route taking no more than one hour to deliver. Training and equipment are provided, and volunteers must have their own transportation. Scheduling is flexible with openings for every weekday or even once a week. Interested individuals can complete an application and background check on-line at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Senior+Nutrition+Services.htm, or contact Ashley Mitchell, Volunteer Coordinator, at 502/574-6420.

The Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR), administers the Meals on Wheels Program utilizing hundreds of volunteers each year. More than 106,000 hot noontime meals were delivered last year in the Louisville area to qualified individuals, plus an additional 101,000 meals were served to active seniors at more than 20 congregate meal sites across the community.

Meals on Wheels is available to qualified seniors in Jefferson County, 60 years or older, who are homebound with no one available to help prepare meals. Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels can call 502/574-6325 to begin the qualification process. The senior congregate sites for more active seniors, 60 and older, can be found by calling the same number above or by visiting
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Senior+Nutrition+Services.htm. Sites require a one-day advanced registration.

About Meals On Wheels Association of America:
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. Visit MOWAA’s website (www.mowaa.org) to learn more about the mission to end senior hunger by 2020. Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition’s programs are funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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