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Meals on Wheels' Grocery Shopping Assistance Program Helps Homebound Seniors During Pandemic

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 01, 2020

Meals on Wheels continues to make sure homebound senior citizens have enough to eat by providing several programs, especially during the COVID pandemic.

“I love carrots so I’ll get carrots and grapes. Patricia always makes sure she gets me the biggest bags of grapes,” said Susan Fitzgerald, homebound senior.

Susan looks froward to seeing Patricia, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, every week.

“I had texted my person and I said 'I know there’s COVID out there but is there any way you can get me something like when you get you something for you and your husband' and her response to me was, 'for you yes',” said Susan.

But finding that person you trust to get your food isn’t easy. That’s why the Meals on Wheels Grocery Shopping Assistance Program is so important.

“The volunteer program was created because we were getting calls from clients that didn’t want home delivered meals. They would prefer to cook their own meals,” said Vickie Glinton, Director of Community Programs at Meals on Wheels.

Vickie says the program has made it easier for homebound seniors to get the food they want, without leaving their homes.

“We’ve seen an increase in the need for the grocery shopping program since COVID-19 and the shutdown because clients are just afraid to leave their home,” added Vickie.

Susan loves the help. But the visits and companionship between her and Patricia, is even better.

“To have somebody come into your home, even to just spend 15 minutes talking to you, but always smiling and positive, it’s worth it,” said Susan.

“Even though they’re homebound, they can still have some things in life that they enjoy. It doesn’t separate them because they’re unable to get out and that is beautiful,” said Vickie.

How it works:

  • You must be 60 years or older to apply
  • Volunteer Picks Up List & Publix Gift Card Provided By You
  • Volunteer Helps Put Groceries Away

To sign up for the Grocery Shopping Assistance Program, click here.
To donate, click here.