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Meals On Wheels' Grocery Shopping Assistance Program aids homebound seniors

Posted at 1:29 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 13:29:34-04

During this pandemic, Meals on Wheels South Florida has made sure homebound seniors across our community have meals on their table.

One of the programs we highlight this week is the Grocery Shopping Assistance Program.

It's a program many seniors need especially during this time.

For over five years, Sanford Rosenthal has had volunteers get groceries for him through the grocery shopping assistance program. Rosenthal who is blind and lives alone appreciates Jeff and Amanda. Two volunteers who do more than just drop groceries for him.

"I heard about Meals on Wheels and especially the Grocery Program. That made a world of a difference. You should see the two shoppers I have now. They're like family. They treat me like I'm part of their family, they're so nice to me," states Rosenthal.

Finding the right volunteers for Sanford hasn’t been easy. It’s why the grocery assistance program is at a need for volunteers.

"The shopping program is completely driven by volunteers. And we have great volunteers, Sanford's volunteers, jeff and Amanda are fantastic. The wonderful thing about the program and the volunteer opportunities is that it can be done any day, any time of day. It's usually once a week, maybe twice every other week. It really gives volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on their availability," says Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida.

And Sanford encourages viewers to volunteer in any of the programs the organization has to offer.

"Whether it's the meal delivery or shopping program, they always need volunteers.
We always need more volunteers, to help guys like me" said Rosenthal.

If you interested in volunteering you can head on over here

If you want to apply for the shopping program here's how it works:

  • You have to be 60 years of age or older.
  • Sign up on mowsflo.org
  • Then volunteer picks up the list and Publix gift card
  • A volunteer helps put groceries away