Meals On Wheels Takes Precautionary Steps to Protect Volunteers and Seniors
Meals on Wheels is taking extra precautions to protect the volunteer drivers and senior citizens they serve. Drivers are sanitizing their hands after deliveries, being encouraged to stay home if they feel even slightly ill, and customers have the option to have the meals left at their doorstep.
If a customer chooses to limit interaction, they can place a cooler outside for the food to be put in or answer through a glass door or window by waving so the driver knows they are home to receive the meal.
Drivers are also picking up meals at a different entrance from LECOM Senior Living, which supplies the meals, to limit outside exposure for everyone there. They also have the option of wearing gloves supplied by Meals on Wheels while making deliveries.
The organization expects more seniors to need their services in the coming days, so they are preparing to make more deliveries. Meals on Wheels does not plan to stop making deliveries during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a release, the organization said, "We know the critical importance of preparation in times like this and understand the delicate balance between panic and preparedness. We know we cannot allow the Coronavirus to prevent seniors in need from accessing critical nutrition services - that is our mission. We do not anticipate a disruption of services. We have not missed a route in our almost 50 year history."
The organization noted they have an abundance of volunteers to drive the meals and each understands the importance of staying healthy.