More than 1,800 Vermonters rely on Meals on Wheels, but thet service is in danger due to a shortage in volunteers.
Terry Boswell has been delivering meals to seniors for three years, usually alongside his 86 year-old dad, Kirk. The pair volunteer to honor Kirk’s late wife, Jean who delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years.
“We do all over Chittenden County and Franklin County,” Boswell said. “There are people involved and there are always characters, once in a while it is sad, but most of the time it’s uplifting,” he said.
The critical shortage of drivers means the Boswells are busier than ever, delivering meals three to five days a week.
Age Well Vermont, oversees volunteer recruitment for Meals on Wheels deliveries from Rutland County to the Canadian border.
“A lot of our volunteers are themselves retired seniors and they are snowbirds,” said Erica Marks, volunteer services director. “From January to May, we need an influx of meals on wheels volunteers.”
Marks said volunteers are in Swanton, St. Albans, Enosburg, Franklin, Montgomery, Burlington and Grand Isle.
“Most of the folks who are receiving meals on wheels are isolated and alone and are often frail and that Meals on Wheels volunteer might be the only person they see in that day,” said Marks.
Volunteers can deliver as much or as little as they want and can volunteer in pairs like the Boswells.
“It can be a beautiful drive out in the country or nostalgic drive in old Burlington and wherever you go, you’re going to meet funny quirky people,” said Boswell.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer for Meals on Wheels call: 802-662-5249 or click here.