Senior center seeks Wheels for Meals

SANDUSKY Robert Schneider, 80, likes volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels so much he's done it for 13 years. "It ge
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Robert Schneider, 80, likes volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels so much he's done it for 13 years.

"It gets you out," he said. "You meet some rather interesting and cheerful people."

More volunteers such as Schneider are needed so the Meals on Wheels program can continue to deliver meals to senior citizens across Erie County, said Carol Lloyd, director of the Erie County Senior Center.

Volunteers willing to contribute as little as one hour a week are welcome, and the Erie County Senior Center will pay mileage to help cover expenses, she said.

Since 1994, Schneider and his wife, Joanne, has been delivering meals in east Sandusky.

"You take the meal in and put it on the table and have a little chat," Schneider said.

"It gives them a break, somebody coming to see them. It's an enjoyable way to do a little volunteering once a week, or if you want to, do it more."

Volunteers such as Schneider don't just provide nourishment, Lloyd said. They also provide a way to check on the well-being of the people receiving the meals.

"For a lot of the people who are getting meals, that may be the only person who sees them in a given day's time," Lloyd said.

Lloyd said many of the volunteer drivers migrate south for the winter and with so many routes, plenty of drivers are needed. About 400 meals a day are prepared and served.

Sandusky alone has 16 meal routes that must be staffed five days a week, and there are also rural routes, she said.

WANT TO HELP?

Call the Erie County Senior Center at 419-626-2560. Slots to deliver noon meals are available both inside Sandusky and in rural areas.