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Need for Meals on Wheels Volunteers

BINGHAMTON, NY - The demand for meals on wheels in the community has increased and the program is seeking additional volunteers to help deliver meals to neighbors in need. The Office for Aging estimates 5,000 more home delivered meals will be served in 2008 than in 2007. There is a great need for additional volunteers. Without getting more volunteers, it will be very difficult to accommodate new requests for Meals on Wheels.

 

The Office for Aging not only serves meals in the City and Town of Binghamton, but additionally in the eastern and northern areas of the county. (Whitney Point, Chenango Bridge, Chenango Forks, Kirkwood, Conklin, Harpursville, Windsor, and in some areas in or near Deposit.)

Without support from volunteers, it would be impossible to operate the Meals on Wheels Program. Before food delivery begins Meals on Wheels serves refreshments daily for volunteers to gather and greet each other. Volunteers at the Meals on wheels program get to know each other and find friendship while experiencing a greater sense of accomplishment from helping others.

For delivery, volunteers work in teams of two. One volunteer serves as driver and the other volunteer takes meals into the clients' homes. Delivery begins around 11:15 and is completed by 1:00pm. Volunteers who drive for Meals on Wheels in Binghamton are reimbursed for some of their gas expenses. Reimbursement rates vary based on driving distances and whether volunteers are driving in rural or city locations. The average reimbursement per day in Binghamton is just under $5.00

Those interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer are asked to contact the Binghamton Meals on Wheels Office at 607.778.6205. The Meals on Wheels office is located at 85 Walnut Street in Binghamton.

10/06/2008 - 4:00am