However, because nearly 40% of our volunteers across the county are 65 years of age or older, Alameda County's shelter in place order has decreased the number of individuals available to make deliveries to our homebound seniors. This means our programs are working harder than ever to limit service interruptions.
Why is maintaining our meal delivery schedule for seniors so important?
Consistency is key.
Many of our homebound seniors rely on the daily knock on the door, the friendly smile on a volunteer's face, making Meals on Wheels the reason to get up in the morning. More often than not, our volunteers are the people who are going to drop by to check in on their wellbeing at the same time EVERY DAY.
Many seniors respond well to continuity, and they feel safe when their environment and schedule are the same every day.