Special to the Mirror

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties needs additional volunteers to help get noontime meals delivered to the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County.

“With the growing needs in our communities, we are in need of new volunteers,” said Amy Jackson, director of development. Meals-on-Wheels has more than 30 delivery routes providing meals countywide.

Meals-on-Wheels depends on its volunteers to deliver to ten communities in Ellis County, which include Waxahachie, Palmer, Ennis, Bardwell, Midlothian, Maypearl, Italy, Milford, Red Oak and Ferris.

“The number of people we are serving has dramatically increased, and we are in need of additional routes. We cannot add new routes without volunteers willing to help,” Jackson continued.

Prepared meals are picked up at locations in each of the communities served, Monday through Friday between 11 a.m.-noon, with delivery times taking no longer than forty-five minutes. Volunteers are provided with detailed directions and instructions, and help when they can, whether it is weekly, a couple of times a month, or simply on an as needed basis.

“For our volunteers who deliver meals, they are not only helping to feed the hungry, they are breaking the isolation that many of these people feel,” Jackson added. “Without our volunteers, what we do would not be possible.”

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you know of someone who could benefit from Meals-on-Wheels services, call (972) 351-9943 or visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org. Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based nonprofit organization serving the residents of Ellis County since 2001.