Meals on Wheels in need of volunteer drivers

Meals On Wheels.RAPID CITY, S.D. — Meals on Wheels needs drivers due to increasing demand. The organization provides meals to nearly 800 individuals in Rapid City, ages 60 and older, who are homebound.

Since the onset of COVID, there has been a 40% increase in the number of individuals in need. Right now, the organization is short on drivers, and is reaching out to the community for volunteers.

“It’s an amazing program,” said Development Director, Jodi Litz. “You’re not just delivering meals, you are visiting, and you’re bringing a smile to the people that you serve. Most of them are very isolated, and senior isolation right now is an increasing problem. And oftentimes you’ll be the only person they’ll see all day. And we do see people forming amazing friendships and relationships, and grandfatherly type relationships throughout this. So it certainly is more than a meal.”

Meals are delivered at noon Monday through Friday, and organizers are willing to work around schedules. Litz only asks that volunteers participate at least once a month for consistency. Allstar construction has joined with Meals on Wheels and volunteers a driver every Friday at noon. The organization is hoping for similar company partnerships in the future.

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