Clearwater, FL (March 14, 2019) – Neighborly Meals on Wheels program is essential to homebound seniors in need of proper nutrition and an extra pair of eyes to ensure their safety during the summer months. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Neighborly, Meals on Wheels, helping us serve nearly 3,000 seniors in Pinellas County Monday-Friday year-round.
As temperatures rise in the Tampa Bay area,
Neighborly, Meals on Wheels, has had a substantial decline in volunteers who
are able to deliver to homebound seniors in Pinellas County. Neighborly, Meals
on Wheels, has lost more than 25 percent of their Meals on Wheels volunteer
drivers, as snowbirds leave to travel up north during the summer months. Their
absence is leaving
a gap in meal delivery that could result in isolated, homebound seniors not receiving a meal
“It is becoming more difficult to cover our daily Meals on Wheels routes in Pinellas County.
Many of our current volunteers are doubling their routes to make sure all of our seniors are covered,” said David Lomaka, Executive Director for Neighborly, Meals on Wheels.
There are eight Meal on Wheels locations throughout Pinellas County. Each route takes 60 to 90 minutes during lunch time, Monday-Friday. You can sign up to deliver a route once a week or more. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to a senior in need of a warm, nutritious meal, please contact (727) 573-9444 or visit us online at www. Neighborly.org
Neighborly, a private, not-for-profit, organization
has been a leader in elder care, providing
quality nutrition, transportation and social programs for adults 60 and older in Pinellas County.
Neighborly started the first federally funded Meals on Wheels program in the nation in 1966,
and opened the first Adult Day Center in
1968. Neighborly serves more than 3,000 seniors in
Pinellas County with the assistance of nearly 650 volunteers.