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Community Cooperative seeks volunteer drivers throughout Lee County to deliver Meals on Wheels

Community Cooperative seeks volunteers
Posted at 10:51 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 10:51:15-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — With growing requests for meals to be delivered to homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves, Community Cooperative has an immediate need for volunteer drivers throughout Lee County to provide Meals on Wheels.

Volunteers will be scheduled at their convenience and are needed Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Background checks are conducted, and volunteers who drive must have current driver’s license and vehicle insurance information.

“Since the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels program has grown about 20%,” said Tracey Galloway, chief executive officer, Community Cooperative. “These home-delivered meals and related services ensure that our neighbors in need are kept safe, comfortable, and living in their own homes. We need volunteers to keep our programs running. For example, most of our Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers are over the age of 70. This is a terrific opportunity for college students who are at home.”

The Meals on Wheels program has 32 delivery routes in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, and Bonita Springs, supplying daily, nutritious home-delivered meals and friendly safety and security checks to eligible homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

These neighbors include seniors, disabled, or chronically ill adults. The services provided help ensure the continued health and well-being of hundreds of elderly and homebound citizens in our community.

I call them ‘my people. I like to be there for someone. They are interesting people, and it’s rewarding to give.
Meals on Wheels volunteer Grace Martin, 84

“We are so grateful for every volunteer who gives their time to Community Cooperative,” said Rachell Mays, volunteer services coordinator. “We need each and every one of them to accomplish the vital work we do.”

For information on how to get help, donate, or learn about volunteer requirements and opportunities and fill out a volunteer application, visit communitycooperative.com.

For information on volunteering for Meals on Wheels, call 239-337-1055.