Drivers desperately needed to deliver food

Meals on Wheels service for senior residents may be affected

East York Meals on Wheels needs drivers
Donna, a volunteer for East York Meals on Wheels, delivers food to Joseph, a recipient. Courtesy of East York Meals on Wheels

The non-profit organization East York Meals on Wheels (EYMOW) delivers hot meals to senior citizens at their door. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of volunteer drivers, which takes a toll on the service provided.

“We have lots of clients who are fully dependent on Meals on Wheels, but we’re  making sure no client is suffering because when we don’t have enough drivers, it’s our staff who go and deliver the meals,” said East York Meals on Wheels executive director Anne MacNeill.

“But the problem is we only have four staff members who have other duties in the office as well.”

The shortage of volunteer drivers is not a systemic issue, but a circumstantial one, according to MacNeill. Many of the volunteers move south in the winter. Some come and go in between employment, while others initially volunteer on short term.

With the help of volunteers, EYMOW has been delivering meals to East York’s seniors for almost 50 years.

If you are interested in joining EYMOW’s team of volunteers, please call 416-424-3322.


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Posted: Feb 6 2018 2:19 pm
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