Meals on Wheels Making Change

After holding meetings at various levels within the organization and with community members, the Board of Directors of the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross has decided to make a temporary change to the Meals on Wheels program.

Starting May 1st, Meals on Wheels in the Bradford area will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals will still be available for all 7 days of the week; however Tuesday meals will be delivered on Mondays and Thursday meals will be delivered on Wednesdays. Weekend meals will still be delivered on Fridays as is the current policy.

“This temporary change to the program is a result of an insufficient number of drivers each day to deliver meals,” said Jason Bange, executive director, in an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO. “The new delivery schedule will be in place until such time as adequate volunteer coverage is recruited.”

Anyone with interest in volunteering should contact the Red Cross office as soon as possible. Responsibilities of driving include: arriving at the chapter office at 3 p.m. to pack up meals and begin delivering. Average delivery time is 1.5 hours and distance traveled is approximately 30-35 miles depending on the route. A Red Cross provided background check is required along with appropriate paperwork for volunteering. Office hours to sign up for volunteering are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; office closed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Last year, the Meals on Wheels program served more than 14,000 meals to about 100 clients.


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