Volunteers needed to deliver meals to seniors

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Barnwell County is a community full of giving people.

We’ve seen it time and time again as individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches and organizations respond to a call for assistance or a need they notice. From the 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 to fire victims and an empty food pantry, there are plenty of examples of folks stepping up.

As we have done before in this editorial space, we are once again asking for your help to make a difference in our community.

We recently learned that the home-delivered meal program operated by Generations Unlimited in our county has a shortage of volunteer delivery drivers. They used to have a list of 80 people who would volunteer, but now only have 10 to deliver meals to more than 100 senior citizens across the county Monday through Friday.

The shortage has made it tougher for the remaining volunteers, some of whom have picked up more routes.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

We encourage our readers to consider volunteering with the program.

It’s not a very time-consuming endeavor because even taking one route one day a week will help. It will likely take you about an hour or so, possibly even less depending on the route and number of clients.

The time commitment will be worth it because you will be playing a part in making sure local seniors have a nutritious, hot lunch to eat. For some, it might be their only meal that day.

You also might form some new relationships with the seniors, which current volunteers say is very rewarding. It’s better than any paycheck!

Find details of how to help on page 9A of the Feb. 22 edition.