Meals on Wheels Desperately Needs Volunteers, New Hubs

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WHNT) - Meals on Wheels says they desperately need your help to continue operations in Huntsville.

The group serves meals to the elderly who can't make them for themselves.

But since the group only asks its volunteers to serve meals once a month, it takes nearly 600 people to keep the group helping those in need.

Unfortunately right now simply not enough people choose to walk through their doors to offer a helping hand.

Meals on Wheels Coordinator Jeanie Glynn says, "These are people who cannot cook for themselves a nutritionally balanced meal, so if they don't get a nutritionally balanced meal at least once a day, they are probably going to end up having to move to an institution to get good nutrition."

Even the volunteers can feel the need for help mounting.

Volunteer Chris Reid agrees, "I see lots of times when we need more people than there are volunteers, so sometimes volunteers are having to run two routes or sometimes the staff here is actually having to run a route."

But the whole group has faith in the Huntsville community.

Glynn says, "I am hopeful that if we're able to just make people able to understand the urgency that's all it's going to take to get a lot of new volunteers."

Reid adds, "I think that if folks will come out and try this one time, I think you'll be hooked, and you'd want to continue doing it like we're doing it."

They also hope to add hubs in Madison County so they can service people outside Huntsville city limits.

Of course, they'll need more people willing to drive the meals - but before that - they need new hubs to serve from.

They hope a local group or church will step up to the challenge.

Glynn explains, "If there was an area where a church could say, you may use our kitchen to prepare these meals, I don't mean cook the food - I just mean serve the food and pack it in the coolers - and where the volunteers can come and pick it up.  Then maybe we will provide you with a team of volunteers."

If you'd like to volunteer - or better yet if you know a church or community group that might be interested in helping expand the services of Meals on Wheels - contact Meals on Wheels at (256) 382 - 0920.