Volunteers needed for Shoals Meals on Wheels

By Josh Ault  bio|e-mail

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF)  Some elderly residents in the Shoals are in need of help.  The bad economy has forced many of them to rely on others for basic needs like food.

The hot lunches for Meals on Wheels are delivered at 10:30 every morning to Community Action in Florence. Volunteers like Ruth Rickard have been helping deliver for years.

"You feel like your helping someone to get a meal they might not have," said Rickard.

Rickard has been a volunteer for more than 18 years.  She says she gets a lot back from helping, and it does not take much time out of her day.

"From the time I leave home to the time I get back home," said Rickard, "2 hours."

"Right now, we have been losing a few of our volunteers as they have gotten older," said Sheila Christopher, Meals on Wheels coordinator.

Christopher is the only paid employee and said drivers are needed in Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and the Petersville areas.

"With the economy like it is," explained Christopher, "It's really hitting a lot of the elderly people as well."

Meals on Wheels feeds more than 200 people, and right now there is a waiting list for those who need it.

"I think its a great program," said Michele Scott, a first time volunteer, "It does a lot in the community for the elderly."

Scott signed up at her church to help.

"You generally gain more than the people you are volunteering to help," said Scott.

Anyone who has a vehicle and is ready to serve is asked to come by and help deliver hot meals to people who need them most.

To become a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the Shoals, call Sheila Christopher at 256-766-4330.

©2009 WAFF. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.