Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals On Wheels

MealonWheelsFor 40 years Scarsdale Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals to residents in the Scarsdale area. They serve meals to anyone regardless of age or income. Their clients may be homebound due to injury or illness. Others are recently released from the hospital or rehab. Still others simply cannot provide adequate meals for themselves or would prefer not to cook their own meals. Whatever the reason, Scarsdale Meals on Wheels has been there to help these Scarsdale area residents remain independent in their homes.

Each year, they deliver more than 6,500 meals. These nutritious meals meet the dietary standards of the Westchester County Department of Health. While most of their clients pay a low fee for each meal, subsidies are sometimes available for those in need.

The key to their success is our volunteers. Most come from the local community - young moms to retirees and everyone in between. These volunteers contribute about 2 hours a week to assist their neighbors. The daily visit from Meals on Wheels is not only pleasant and sociable for the client and the volunteer, but is also an excellent “early warning system” if a client should need help. Meals on Wheels volunteers can be alert to any change in a client’s condition and can notify the appropriate contact person if needed.

In addition to meals, they remember clients on their birthdays with plants and deliver cheer at the end of the year with a holiday plant. Occasionally, local businesses provide baskets or treats for the clients around Thanksgiving or New Year’s. This is a nice gesture for those not sharing the holidays with family or friends. All of this is greatly appreciated.

Scarsdale Meals on Wheels requires the financial support of the community and the commitment of the volunteers who offer their time to make deliveries. They are grateful for this continuing support and always welcome new faces and additional helping hands. The program is truly a community effort - neighbors helping neighbors. Meals on Wheels is honored to be part of the Scarsdale community and hopes to continue serving the area for many years to come.

For information, to make a contribution, to join as a volunteer or to make a referral, please call 914-723-4342 or visit their website here