Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Cit­i­zen staff

The Prince Ge­orge Coun­cil of Se­niors’ Meals on Wheels pro­gram has be­come a vic­tim of its own suc­cess.

The pro­gram is des­per­ate for more volunteers af­ter see­ing the vol­ume of meals de­liv­ered more than dou­ble from a year ago.

As it stands, it de­liv­ers more than 1,000 meals per month and has about 80 reg­u­lar clients.

The cur­rent client load is push­ing the vol­un­teer time com­mit­ment past the usual one to one and a half hours, or­ga­niz­ers say.

The meals are de­liv­ered to se­niors in the city’s bowl area on weekdays.

Vol­un­teer driv­ers pick up the pack­aged hot meals at the Se­niors Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre at Fourth Av­enue and Brunswick Street at 10:45 a.m., de­liver to in­di­vid­ual client’s homes, then re­turn in­su­lated bags to the kitchen for the next day. Each route av­er­ages 10 or more clients.

Vol­un­teer driv­ers use their own ve­hi­cles and do­nate their time and gas. Most volunteers drive once per week.

Although more year-round volunteers would be help­ful, the pro­gram is also wel­com­ing short-term volunteers for the sum­mer months – par­tic­u­larly on Wed­nes­days – while reg­u­lar volunteers are away on va­ca­tion.

Those in­ter­ested must com­plete a vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tion form and pro­vide a crim­i­nal record check and driver’s ab­stract, as well as have a valid driver’s li­cense and re­li­able ve­hi­cle.

Forms are avail­able at the Se­niors Re­source Cen­tre, 721 Vic­to­ria St.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ni­cole Currie at 250 564 5888 or Ni­­[email protected]

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