Manatee's Meal on Wheels urgently needs drivers

Manatee's Meals on Wheels urgently needs drivers

MANATEE -- Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has an urgent need for volunteers to deliver hot meals to home bound or disabled individuals in Manatee County, the non-profit said.

"The return of seasonal volunteers to their northern homes has left many delivery routes without drivers," said Olivia Lamar, a Meals on Wheels spokeswoman.

The time commitment for delivering meals is approximately one to one and a half hours, from one day per week up to five days, Lamar said.

Meals are delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, Lamar added.

Meals are prepared at the Meals on Wheels PLUS kitchen at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

"With over 700 hot, fresh meals going out into county each day, assistance from the community is crucial to our operations," said Maribeth Phillips, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels PLUS.

The perfect candidate to volunteer may be a parent who has children at home, a responsible teenager in need of community service or a retired or semi-retired adult, Lamar said.

Volunteering with a friend affords a chance to catch up on each other's lives, Lamar added.

Businesses are also encouraged to participate in an "Adopt a Route" program for their employees to have community engagement, Lamar said.

To volunteer or for more information: 941-747-4655 or mealsonwheelsplus.org.