The citizen staff
The Cayuga County Office for Seniors is in need of volunteers to cover Meals on Wheels routes in the city of Auburn and rural Cayuga County.
The office’s program provides homebound adults across the county with a hot midday meal, a friendly welcome and attention to their well-being, the office said in a news release.
“Volunteer drivers deliver so Mary Ann’s risk of falling does not prevent her from safely preparing nutritious meals,” the office said. “They deliver so customers like Susan can provide healthy lunches while she patiently cares for Andrew, her dementia-stricken husband.”
The Meals on Wheels program promotes better health through nutrition, socialization, education and support services. All participants receive initial and annual visits from office staff to assess their needs and satisfaction with the program.
Volunteer drivers are required for approximately two hours in the morning, and mileage reimbursement is available for rural routes. Food pickup is in Auburn or Moravia for some routes. More drivers in the program would allow the office to staff urban and rural routes when replacements are needed due to travel, sick leave or other needs.
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Drivers can choose their level of commitment, delivering with a partner or solo, once a week or more often, in town or in the department.
For more information, call (315) 253-1104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.