Meals on Wheels Caswell County

Hugo and Daria Johnson. Grandchildren of Linda Watlington, volunteer for meals on wheels. The children with their mother, Kate Watlington Johnson

were visiting from Hong Kong and delivered meals with Linda while they were here. They have since moved to Singapore.

It’s been a while since the pandemic forced people to cancel plans, socially distance, avoid crowds, make quick stops at the grocery store, and stay home as much as possible. Cautiously, we must continue to stay alert. Now, if you are looking for a break and a very safe way to get out of the house, please consider volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Program in Caswell County.

The Meals on Wheels Program provides a nutritious noon-time meal to homebound senior adults age 60 and older. Caswell County residents that are age 60 and over, homebound, and unable to obtain and prepare a nutritious meal for themselves are eligible for this service.

Meals on Wheels of Caswell County is connected to the statewide network of senior nutritional providers allied in passion to end senior hunger. In partnership with Meals on Wheels of America, the local Meals on Wheels Program is created to strengthen communication between nutrition programs and enhance knowledge of issues within the aging population.

Why volunteer for the Meals on Wheels in our county? Just ask Executive Director Jeannine Everidge of the Caswell County Senior Services. “There are many personal and professional benefits associated with volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Program in our county. For starters, volunteering is a great way to interact with your community and get involved in your neighborhood. Individuals have opportunities to meet new people, make friends, and establish relationships that may last a lifetime,” she says.

“Volunteering builds interpersonal skills in helping individuals communicate with other volunteers, thus possibly leading to social relationships. Volunteering can bring joy and happiness to the volunteer by giving them opportunities to help those in need. According to Biblical principles found in Mathew 25:35-36, I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat, - meaning that all the works of an outward ministry of this kind of magnitude supports faith, spirited mercy and love towards loving thy neighbor as thyself. Volunteers can rely on the physical and mental benefits of giving back. Lastly, volunteers can make a difference in the lives of seniors, spreading a little sunshine, along the way.”

Caswell’s Meals on Wheels’ vision is to provide the highest quality representation, education and training, and services to all its volunteer members to enhance their professionalism and performance. The mission of Meals on Wheels is to serve as the principal advocate and leadership for special Meals on Wheels and Congregate Nutrition Providers in Caswell County.

According to Dana Willis, the Program Assistant of Caswell Senior Services, signing up to volunteer with Meals on Wheels is not complicated. “If you are interested in volunteering, please come by the office and complete a Caswell Senior Services Nutritional Program Volunteer Application. Upon acceptance, I will then provide the necessary training sessions, review the Meals on Wheels Volunteer information Booklet with you, introduce you to your route of delivery, meet and greet other volunteers, and then, you are set to deliver hot meals, smiles, kind words of encouragement to your senior client.”

With added perks and other general information, volunteers are asked to deliver meals once a month and volunteers can deliver to seniors in their own communities. Deliveries take about an hour. The Meals on Wheels catering service, Golden Coral of Winston Salem, NC provides nutritious meals five days a week. Volunteers do check on the well-being of each senior they visit and serve as a referral resource to the elderly, their families and other appropriate Caswell services. Volunteers are welcome from faith communities, local businesses, schools, husband and wife teams and/or other interested parties.

Another perk, if you are a fearless driver! Be a special volunteer! Special volunteers help to deliver shelf stable meals to clients before a storm. They are also called upon in case of emergencies. If you have a truck and love to drive in the snow or heavy rain, you may join the special team known as the Adverse Weather Squad.

“Actually, it’s more than a meal” says Rita Simon, Nutrition Coordinator for Caswell Senior Services. Meals on Wheels relies on dedicated, dependable, respectable, volunteers with their own reliable transportation to serve with a sincere commitment to the success of the Meals on Wheels’ mission. In case you didn’t know, good nutrition is an important factor in a senior’s diet. Just think about it! You are helping to deliver in responses to a healthier lifestyle, to say the least, with other perks included. It’s such a great option for those who want to lend a helping hand! Volunteering is so important because it enables individuals to help others in a selfless way and indeed a terrific way to have a positive impact for Caswell.”

The staff of the Caswell Senior Services, would like to thank all of the volunteers for their tremendous support down through the years. Records show that over 30,000 meals are delivered each year to seniors in the county. The first Meals on Wheels delivery was in 2006. “With this program, Caswell County can make the lives of many people easier and more fulfilled with just a meal a day and a little comfort for our eligible seniors,” says Everidge.

For questions about Meals on Wheels and other services the Caswell Senior Center provides, please contact, Jeannine Everidge at 336-694-7447, or PO Box 1405 Yanceyville, NC. The staff of the Caswell Senior Services cordially invites everyone to stop by their booth at the Hoedown, Saturday, September 24th (2022).