(WLNS) — You may have heard of the Meals on Wheels program, but have you ever thought about donating your time and becoming a volunteer?
Mariah Harrison visited the Sam and Eva Eyde Kitchen at the Tri-County Office of Aging, where workers say they could use a little more help.
The Tri-County Office on Aging feeds 30,000 seniors across Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties.
Employees at the office run the program, but none of it would be possible without the help of the dedicated volunteers that show up everyday.
Seniors open the doors to sometimes a hot or cold meal , but can always expect a warm smile to greet them.
” A lot of our seniors don’t get to see someone everyday. When the volunteers deliver the meals they’re also delivering social interaction, which is pretty significant,” says Nutrition Director Carl Buonodono.
Buonodono says the need for Meals on Wheels continues to grow, but volunteer numbers aren’t following suit.
To run optimally, the program needs around 1,600 and right now only 1,200 volunteers are signed up.
Buonodono says, ” We are at a point right now where we are actually underserving. We have clients that have to come pick up frozen meals because we can’t get out to them on a daily basis.”
For more information on Meals on Wheels and how to become a volunteer click here.