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Meals on Wheels volunteers help keep seniors fed, comforted

The Slaton Senior Center will be reopening again Sept. 8 for the first time since closing in March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

That said, they’ve been busy with getting meals together for both Meals on Wheels recipients and normally congregate diners, who currently receive a home delivered meal.

Volunteers who have helped with the Center, and new ones took charge and helped through the tough few months.

Nita Williams, Director at the Senior Center, said the volunteers are greatly appreciated. “Volunteers play a major role in the Meals on Wheels program. They arrive in time to load the van with all the necessary food for the meal.  The driver will have a route sheet and the person filling the lunch bag will have a copy of the route sheet.  As the driver tells the filler the next stop, the filler will read their copy and place the items in the bag making special note of the following, whether or not the client receives milk or has a special meal,” she said. “The hopper takes the lunch bag to the door and places on the table or chair just outside the door and waits for the client to come to the door.  We cannot leave an unattended meal, even if they are next door.”

She also added the hoppers also help check on the person daily, and if necessary, they call for emergency medical care.

They also will listen and offer kind words with the client.

In addition, volunteers help gather paperwork for each client to keep records up to date.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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