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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Organizers with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County say their situation has become critical. The non-profit has a shortage of volunteers to deliver food to the elderly, sick and shut-in.

Quite frankly the number of volunteers to deliver just isn’t keeping up with demand. “We have just experienced an increase of need for services and we just don’t have enough volunteers to meet those needs on a daily basis,” explained Denise Harris, with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. “We have a growing population of seniors. We have seniors that are living longer and want to remain independent and living in their own home, so the need is everyday.”

To try and make sure everyone receives their food, current volunteers are doing extra work. “They are doubling up, and maybe delivering two routes a day,” Harris said, adding, “or they’re delivering three routes a week, and a lot of our volunteers are seniors so it’s a big demand that they’re filling.”

Organizers say it’s easy to volunteer, doesn’t require an everyday commitment and on average those who sign-up usually deliver meals once a week. Harris said they make, “Ten to 14 stops; some stops might have two people like a husband and wife living there. Once you get your route you have the same route consistently so you can do it pretty quickly.”

Currently Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County needs volunteers to sign up for regular routes and, “We need substitute volunteers to fill in when our regular volunteers can’t deliver their meals.”

Volunteers must provide their own transportation, pass a criminal background check, and attend orientation. Click here to find out more about volunteering for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County or call (817) 258-6426.

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