(KTIV) – Nearly 200 Siouxland homebound senior citizens are fed every day through the “Meals on Wheels” program.
But, finding people to get them those meals can be a challenge.
Chris Kuchta, from the Connections Area Agency on Aging, spoke with KTIV’s Matt Breen about why finding volunteers can be so difficult.
“Probably the average age of our volunteer is in the mid to upper 70’s because most people do it after they retire from working,” said Kuchta. “So that is a huge piece. And we are approaching fall, where many of those retirees snowbird. So that cuts back on the number of people that we have available.”
Volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program must be 18-years or older, have a vehicle, a valid driver’s license and insurance. A background check on the person will also be performed.
Kuchta said Connections Area Agency will train the individuals with their routes mapped out for them, with the routes typically taking an hour to drive. Those who do volunteer can choose when they would like to volunteer. with the meals delivered Monday through Friday on 20 routes.
“The volunteer can choose to do the first Monday of every month, or they can choose to do Tuesday and Friday of every week. It’s what fits into their schedule,” she said.
People who would like to volunteer can call Connections Area Agency at 1-800-432-9209. You can also go to their website by clicking here.