Meals on Wheels Plus in Abilene has a desperate need for new volunteers to deliver lunch meals at least one day a week, and more frequently if possible.


Meals on Wheels Plus recently distributed the following press release:


It’s no secret that coronavirus will affect the senior community hardest because of their weakened immune system, but it has also resulted in a loss of volunteers. We’ve recently lost our university students and many of the elderly volunteers. Our staff is highly committed to getting all of the meals delivered as our recipients need us now more than ever, but we can’t do it alone.


Every weekday, we rely heavily on an army of volunteers to deliver more than 1,400 meals to frail seniors and younger adults with one or more disabilities who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Many use a walker, cane, or wheelchair, and some are even bedbound. Most are low income and have little or no family support. They often have heavy health concerns and live alone, which creates a burden.


We are urging the community to assist those who are unable to help themselves during this crucial season. Time is something everyone has, and it only takes about an hour per route. We need drivers between 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Please come by 717 N. 10th Street or call 325-672-5050 to sign up to deliver. It’s easy, and you’ll feel graciously rewarded by helping.


We are also looking for help in the kitchen from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help prep meals for delivery.


Ballinger’s Betty Bradley commented that "Taking 1,400 of my friends out to lunch each day is expensive and donations are not keeping pace with the growing need for our services." If you are able to help, your financial gift would be greatly appreciated. You can make a make a donation on the website by going to www.mealsonwheelplus.com. Or you may mail a check to P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604.


Thank you for helping drive away hunger – right here in the Abilene area.