Meals on Wheels Impact



YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. Each and every day, Meals on Wheels delivers one million meals to those who need them the most.

Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the driver and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the driver who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.

We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our drivers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.

With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, made up of more than 5,000 local programs across America, relies on an army of two million drivers and volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These home meal deliveries are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current community involvement over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.

What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Glendale and El Mirage by volunteering with the YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work. We have opportunities for volunteers to help by serving or delivering food to local seniors.

Sign up to volunteer with the YWCA by emailing ywca.volunteer@ywcaaz.org or visiting our website https://ywcaaz.org/senior-centers/meals-wheels-ywca-az/, and start making a difference right here in your local community today.