Meal A Day is looking for more volunteers who are willing to help keep the program going.
“Since COVID-19 came along, we lost our regular dishwasher that was paid through a senior employment agency,” said Karon Weatherman, executive director of the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, 140 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, which house the Meal A Day program. “We are not letting community service workers in the building because of the virus.”
Currently, the volunteer cooks are washing dishes, sweeping and mopping, and cleaning the coolers the delivery drivers use to take the daily meals to 160 shut-in seniors, as well as cooking the meals.
“They are all just worn out,” Weatherman said.
All of the cooks who volunteer with Meal A Day are over 60 years old, she said, and some are in their 80s.
“We really need some younger people to come in and help us. If not with the cooking, then just having help with the cleaning up would be awesome,” Weatherman said.
She explained that volunteers would hep unload and put away the food on Mondays when the food bank order arrives, and the same kind of help is needed Wednesdays for the grocery order.
Weatherman said that the volunteer schedule is flexible.
“Different people could sign up for one or two days a week,” she said. “If you would be willing to volunteer in your community, please let me know.
The community service program is also looking for an in-town route driver for Wednesdays.
Weatherman can be reached at 903-885-1661 or email@example.com.