Thursday, June 20, 2024

Volunteer drivers needed for NHC senior food delivery program

Volunteer drivers pick up meals for delivery on weekdays from the NHC Senior Resource Center on College Road. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti Willis)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

New Hanover County is seeking volunteers to help distribute food to more than 650 seniors Monday through Friday as part of the Senior Resource Center’s Home Delivered Meals Program.

The initiative provides nutrition to eligible county residents aged 60 and older, who are facing food insecurity and isolation.

“This program promotes the overall well-being of older adults in New Hanover County by encouraging healthy eating habits which can delay adverse health conditions and allows them to remain independent as long as possible,” Senior Resource Center Director Amber Smith said in a press release. “More than that, it’s a chance to interact and put a smile on the face of a homebound individual in our community, which is so important for their social health. We invite those who are willing to volunteer as a regular route driver or substitute to join the team and give back to the community in a rewarding way.”

Regular route volunteers are asked to drive a minimum of one day per week but could do more depending on their availability. Substitute drivers are also needed to fill in gaps when regular volunteers are unavailable.

Routes vary in distance and take approximately two hours to complete, picking up meal bags at the SRC, 222 S. College Road, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. during the week. Volunteers are provided with a GPS-enabled smartphone to assist with directions and sequencing.

Training is provided and shadowing can be arranged before committing. Orientation for potential new volunteers takes place once a month at the SRC.

For more information on volunteering, contact Becky Doherty at 910-798-6406 or email her at bdoherty@nhcgov.com.


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