Meals on Wheels of Mercer County cares for the homebound residents of our community by providing hot and nutritious meals. In addition, they provide supplemental food for participant pets! Volunteering with their organization is a great way to connect with senior and homebound members of the community!
I actually used Meals on Wheels many, many years ago when my adult child needed some daily nutrition in her own home. People think of Meals on Wheels just for "old" people, but we deliver to all ages who need this assistance. As a result of seeing the process work, I have volunteered for Meals on Wheels probably over ten years as a substitute driver. My partner and adult child help me most of the time with the actually delivering of the meals. This has become a family affair because we all believe in the mission of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is very well managed and the food from Rider University looks appetizing. The Meals on Wheels staff is very friendly and they communicate well with me. The families or individuals we deliver to are extremely grateful and so am I for all their hard work on the communities behalf.
When I entered a stop that I had for a while I discovered my elderly client on the floor. She could talk and appeared to be ok. I called 911 then called MOW and tried to contact my client’s Neighbor, which she asked me to do. The EMS came right away and surveyed the house and checked the refrigerator to ensure she was not being abused.
The EMS got her seated but she refused to go to the hospital.
If it had not been for MOW , who knows how long my client would’ve been on the floor.
I have also reported clients who appear to need more assistance.
My son has been serving with Meals on Wheels for the past year and has shared some incredible stories with me. I am always so proud to hear about what he has done and what Meals on Wheels provides daily to so many people. It is important that we recognize the good in our community and I love that my son has the opportunity to serve with an organization as dedicated and passionate about their members as this one.
Working with Meals on Wheels has enabled me to bring joy and food to so many people. I have always wanted to do community service but have never had the time. Now that I am retired I like to dedicate several hours per week to making a difference in someone's life. I have met so many amazing participants and volunteers and have heard some inspiring and interesting stories along the way. I am so thankful there is an organization like this here to help and that I get to be a part of it.
I first got involved with Meals on Wheels of Mercer County (MoWMC) two and a half years ago via the Bonner Scholars Program at The College of New Jersey. The focus of MoWMC is to provide home-bound neighbors with food via a network of local volunteers.
Food distribution is just one of the many services that Meals on Wheels provides though. Volunteers helps to combat social isolation by delivering meals and interacting with participants. I have seen the positive effects of this first hand. One of the most moving experiences I have had while serving with MoWMC was when I was delivering meals during a snowstorm with a team of Bonners. All of the participants met us with heartfelt thank yous, blessings, and made us promise to get back to school safely. Seeing how appreciative each person was to see us at their door with chattering teeth and snow speckled grocery bags of food made trekking out in the storm worth every chilly minute.
Aside from delivering food, serving with MoWMC has taught me about the gravity of food insecurity and the importance of community. By drawing volunteers from across the county to serve participants from across the county, MoWMC lifts the boundaries between us to create one cohesive, nourished community.
As a volunteer for Mercer Meals on Wheels, I am impressed by how well organized I find this organization to be. The meals are prepared on time, the corresponding paperwork in proper order and driving directions always on target.
My third year delivering for MOWMC, and this organization is run beautifully. Everyone does a wonderful job from the executive director on down, and the non-profit runs like a well-oiled machine. Couldn't be happier to help out for this terrific cause.
Meals on wheels of Mercer county is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I used it for my dad for many years and it was a lifesaver for him. My husband and I now volunteer our services once a week to bring Meals to so many wonderful people. In a few cases we probably are the only visitors they have all day. I feel we are helping not only to serve the meals, but keep communication open in the event that they are not feeling well or up to par. These lovely people also make our day! They are always grateful and eager to share their smile and warmth.
By delivering hot and cold food on a daily basis, Meals on Wheels provides a vital service to those unable to provide for themselves. As a volunteer I have been privileged to participate in this unique service. We deliver food that is nutritious and often geared specifically to meet the dietary needs of the individuals involved, e.g. lactose free, gluten free etc. We try to be cheerful and supportive to people who are often alone and lonely and respond positively to the personal interaction which our deliveries bring to them.