Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels delivers meals and smiles

Meals on Wheels is a pretty cool organization.

That's because it is more than just the daily delivery (Monday through Friday) of one hot and one cold meal. It's the people who put it all together - the cooks, drivers and directors are all reliable people who make it happen.

The drivers do more than just drop off food. Sometimes they visit with clients or help them with a small chore that would otherwise be difficult for the elderly. It is the driver's duty to report whether they saw the person or dropped off the meal sight unseen. If the client is seen during the delivery, the drivers also report whether the client appeared ill or injured; odd patterns may throw a red flag. All this information is reported back to the directors, who proceed to call family or loved ones to alert them of any possible concern. This fact is particularly valuable to clients who have little to no other interaction with others for whatever the reason. The reports are significant as they address concerns on issues that could otherwise go undetected.

Donna Metz is the Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels commander, and she does a great job stitching drivers and cooks together to get all of the routes covered and the job done. The meals are a good-size portion of healthy foods that taste good. Meals are also tailored for diabetic clients, if necessary.

The drivers and cooks are volunteers - just a crew of people who care a lot, want to make a difference and do so, for free. Drivers donate their time, fuel and vehicle to deliver meals. And it's not just a food delivery the drivers bring; they bring the efforts of the cooks and directors as well. They sometimes deliver smiles, too, at no extra charge.

Visit elderhelpers.org to volunteer to help the elderly. Meals on Wheels could always use more volunteers, even if it is only once a month.

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