Senior center seeks meals drivers

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Cassville Senior Center is looking for volunteers who are interested in serving the community by delivering meals to homebound seniors.

"This is a very good service for our seniors," said Shawna Sutphin, Cassville Senior Center assistant administrator. "It helps us provide meals that keep area seniors independent. It also helps take the stress off of family members by providing seniors with good nutritional meals."

Over 78,000 meals are prepared for area seniors at the Cassville Senior Center each year. Of those meals, more than half are delivered to homebound seniors in Barry County.

"This program is so important," said Linda Parker, Cassville Senior Center administrator. "A lot of these seniors are able to stay in their homes longer, but they are not able to cook for themselves. They can be self sufficient if they have a nutritious meal to eat."

Volunteers spend only a few hours of each week delivering meals. Although deliveries are made to homebound seniors five days a week, individuals can volunteer to serve as drivers as few as one day each week.

The Cassville Senior Center currently needs two drivers to deliver frozen meals to seniors in Seligman and Jenkins. The Center could also use the services of three or four more meals drivers in the Cassville area.

Individuals or businesses interested in volunteering to deliver meals are asked to provide the Center with a proof of vehicle insurance and a copy of their driver's license. A standard background check will be required for each volunteer. Mileage reimbursement is available.

For more information about the Center's meals program or to volunteer for a meals driver position, call Parker or Sutphin at 847-4510.

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