Meals on Wheels in need of drivers as client numbers increase

Ashley Inge
Volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Erath County Chris Martin delivers a meal to senior citizen Bob Ables.

Meals on Wheels of Erath County are in need of a few fill-in drivers for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Due to the pandemic, Erath County has seen a surge of requests for meal deliveries. In fact, their client numbers are increasing daily.

“Our numbers have increased pretty dramatically,” said Elizabeth Johnson, director of Meals on Wheels of Erath County. “Since March, we’ve gone from about 165 clients to over 200, about 225. We’re getting new clients almost every day. Rightly so, people are very concerned about their seniors and their families going out and being out, so it gives them a level of safety.”

On the days that they don’t deliver, members of Meals on Wheels call and check in on the seniors to try to make sure they’re doing okay and to help them combat social isolation that they face during these times.

In July, Meals on Wheels of Erath County also started a new program called Friendly Visitors Program, which is a mentor-like program to help develop relationships between seniors and members of the community.

“We’re really trying hard to be responsive to the needs that we’re seeing as this pandemic is marching through and making sure we’re taking care of the seniors that we come in contact with,” Johnson said. “We've had quite a few volunteers when the pandemic first started, but their offices opened back up or they started back at school, so we need more fill-in drivers to make sure we get the meals delivered in both Stephenville and Dublin.”

Members of Meals on Wheels ask all volunteers to wear masks and practice a no-contact meal delivery system. This is to ensure the safety of their clients as well as the volunteers.

To volunteer or for more information, call 254-965-3510.