Several volunteers with Meals on Wheels South Florida woke up very early this Tuesday morning to deliver hundreds of meals to seniors in need.
“It’s very enjoyable, it’s not a problem at all getting up in the morning, getting myself ready and coming down here first thing in the morning,” said Ginny Brunner, Volunteer with Meals on Wheels South Florida.
Ginny Brunner has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for 20 years.
“They’re just very thankful that we continue to come, many of them were surprised that many of the volunteer drivers were continuing to deliver to them,” added Brunner.
She and her husband started volunteering for the nonprofit in California, then continued their selfless work when they moved down to South Florida.
After Ginny’s husband passed away, she found it was important to continue the volunteer work they did together for years, especially during the pandemic.
“My husband about a year ago and I took one week and I was back. It was important for me to be around these people and the clients,” said Ginny.
It’s also important to the elderly to have people like Ginny around. Every week, she delivers around 6-10 meals to homebound seniors.
According to Mark Adler, the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida, because of COVID-19, the need for the home meal delivery program has increased by 400%.
“Volunteers like Ginny are the heart and soul of everything that we do. They’re the ones that make the clients feel appreciated, important and cared for. Without volunteers like Ginny, we wouldn’t be able to do anything like what we do,” said Mark Adler, Meals on Wheels.
And for Ginny… Meals on Wheels holds a special place in her heart.
“It’s been very rewarding, it always has been,” said Ginny.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for the home meals delivery program or to learn more about other Meals on Wheels programs, you can find that information here.