Odessa Meals on Wheels Looking for Volunteers 01/29/14
January 29, 2014
Odessa - Officials with Meals on Wheels Odessa say currently, they are extremely short on volunteers. So much so that some days they are down by 12 routes. For each route they serve about 15 people, so with 12 routes down that’s almost 200 clients a day not receiving their meals as quickly as the organization would like. And for those that are volunteering, they say it’s a pretty easy task and one that really pays off in the long run.
“I thought, you know that I would be the one going out and giving them happiness, but I come back I think more rewarded than they are,” said Meals on Wheels volunteer Marsha Davis.
Odessa resident David Hair, has been a recipient of Meals on Wheels for the past 15 years. He says physical disabilities have made it difficult and ultimately impossible to cook food for himself each day. “I can’t cook or be around fire that much, so when they come it helps me a lot each day, and the meals that they serve you are very good,” said Hair.
“Those people are so grateful to see you and you know get a meal, it’s just really neat,” said Davis.
But with the current situation of being short on volunteers, Meals on Wheels is having to double up on routes sometimes pushing delivery times to later in the day. An issue for those who depend on the meals for medical reasons.
“You know you’re expecting it at a certain time, and with me I take a lot of medications and stuff and so to be able to get that, you have to have food with your medications,” said Hair.
Meals on Wheels say they put out 460 meals a day, all within a two and a half hour deadline before food expires. However, they say if they had more volunteers they could get meals out in at least half the time.
“They do a great job with making sure I get my meal even if it’s late,” said Hair.
Volunteers say in all, the delivery process takes about an hour and they are usually done before noon just in time for lunch themselves. If you would like to volunteer to help out Meals on Wheels give them a call at (432) 333-6451.