Volunteer meals drivers needed

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Cassville Senior Center is once again in need of volunteers to deliver meals to local homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels drivers are needed for a variety of routes.

"Our homebound meals enable seniors to stay in their homes instead of either being forced to move away to seek more assistance or go into a nursing care facility," said Pam Klepper, Cassville Senior Center assistant administrator. "It gives peace of mind to their families and friends knowing that they are provided with nutritious meals and have a daily social contact."

The Cassville Senior Center's meals program is available to any person 60 years of age or older and the spouse of individuals who are 60 and older regardless of income level. The program is also open to individuals with disabilities who are over the age of 18 and live in senior housing. Individuals must live in Barry County.

"Meals are provided on a contribution basis," said Klepper. "No one is ever denied service because of the inability to contribute."

Meals drivers must have a valid license and current vehicle insurance. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage once a month at a rate of 45 cents per mile.

Volunteers can choose to deliver meals one or several days each month.

The Cassville Senior Center also appreciates volunteers who are available to answer the telephone, plan activities and assist in the kitchen at the center. The local facility prepares and serves over 50,000 meals and offers an assortment of other activities and informational events for area seniors each year.

For more information, call the Cassville Senior Center at 847-4510.

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