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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – One Tarrant County non-profit organization is in “dire” need of volunteers.

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is looking for volunteers to help deliver meals in east and southeast Fort Worth.

As it stands, the areas in the greatest need are Woodhaven, Handley, Poly and Forest Hill. The issue isn’t just with providing help to existing customers, increasing numbers of aging residents in the aforementioned areas have required new delivery routes to be added.

Meals On Wheels spokeswoman Denise Harris explained, “We have 13 routes that are currently open.” But the food still has to be delivered so Harris said, “Some of our volunteers, that are currently delivering, are delivering additional routes to fulfill the need here.”

While any assistance offered to Meals On Wheels will be considered, delivery drivers for the agency are volunteers and must provide their own transportation. Since a personal vehicle is used, volunteers can claim mileage throughout the year as a tax deduction.

Workers say the idea of having hungry, frail people on a waiting list is unacceptable.

“Meal-delivery volunteers are critical to that policy, so the need is especially urgent,” Executive Director Carla Jutson said in a press release statement.

According to Jutson, Meals On Wheels does more than just feed those in need. The service can significantly improve the life of a homebound person.

“A little time each week makes all the difference in the world to a homebound person,” she said.

Volunteer drivers deliver meals Monday through Friday. Each volunteer must pass a criminal background check and complete a training course.

Call the director of volunteers, Nedra Cutler, at (817) 258-6426 or click here to find out more about volunteering for Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County.

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