Drivers needed to deliver holiday meals to local seniors

Meals on Wheels program short 200 drivers


SAN ANTONIO – Christian Senior Services, the agency behind San Antonio's Meals on Wheels program, is facing a driver dilemma for its annual Thanksgiving Day delivery.

CEO Sharon Baughman said about 2,000 seniors will be counting on the program for turkey and all the trimmings.

However, as of Wednesday morning, there was an expected shortage of about 200 drivers for that one day delivery.

"We have hundreds of people every day that help us get the meals out," Baughman said. "But some of them just can't help on Thanksgiving morning."

Meals on Wheels' clients typically are seniors who either are unable to go out and purchase their own food, or unable to prepare it themselves, she said.

Through the program, nutrition is brought to their doors everyday by way of hundreds of volunteers and paid staff members.

A Thanksgiving meal, however, can mean much more to them, emotionally.

"They're very grateful. They really are. And it's a fun thing, I've been doing it about six years," said Dale Friend, who has volunteered to deliver both daily and holiday meals in the past.

On a daily basis, he said, he visits more than a dozen homes, dropping off breakfast and lunch.

Baughman said on Thanksgiving, volunteers would be asked to cover only a portion of that, an average of three homes.

She also said people who deliver meals wouldn't have to miss breaking bread with their own families.

"Our volunteers start coming through here at 10 a.m. The last shift of cars comes through at 11 a.m.  And normally it takes less than hour to make the deliveries," Baughman said.

Anyone who is interested in delivering Thanksgiving Day meals is required to register first by calling Christian Senior Services at 210-735-5115.

Volunteers also can register online.


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