Meals on Wheels provides curbside delivery to senior centers amid COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 17:32:41-04

BOISE, Idaho — As the coronavirus continues to spread, seniors are a vulnerable group. To avoid potential infection, Meals on Wheels is hoping to offer a sense of comfort to them by providing food in a safe and consistent way.

The organization is now providing curbside service to senior centers as a way to give support during a time when many seniors are hesitant to leave their homes. Starting Monday, March 30, Meals on Wheels will leave meals delivered to seniors in a bag hung on door knobs to avoid person-to-person contact.

“So with our senior population, they're so vulnerable anyway, and we just don't want them to experience any more isolation then they already do. So if Meals on Wheels can support them and help them in that way than we're going to do everything we can to do that," said Grant Jones, CEO, Metro Meals on Wheels.

Although some volunteers have opted out of delivering food due to health concerns, Jones said they have also seen a rise in people reaching out to help.