SNYDERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Every weekday morning, a team of dedicated volunteers hand-deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout Monroe County. More than 200 people receive meals but the need continues to grow, and so does the need for volunteers.
The day starts with oranizing meals and loading them into cars. Then, volunteers take a few minutes to get familiar with their route.
“Then I’m off. I go from house to house,” explains volunteer Frank Calafiore.
Monroe County Meals on Wheels invited Eyewitness News reporter Brianna Strunk to help make deliveries with volunteer Frank Calafiore as part of the organization’s ‘Community Champions Week’.
“The goal primarily is to raise awareness of what we do in the community,” says Stacey Koeck, Monroe County Meals on Wheels.
After a short drive, we arrive to our first stop in Snydersville.
Steve Goldstein received a special meal, and so did his cat ‘Buddy’. He looks forward to these daily visits, not just for the food. “It’s a little touch of somebody else coming because I guess you can say I’m homebound,” he explains.
Next up, Tina Kreckman’s house. Every morning, she anticipates the food and friendship. She adds, “because they usually always take a minute to talk to me and ask me how I am.”
Frank’s route takes about three hours, and he does it rain or shine. He calls this rewarding. He explains, “some of them, we’re the only person that they see the whole day.”
Delivering meals, and smiles.
Monroe County Meals on Wheels will host an open house for potential volunteers on Friday, April 12th from 2-4 pm at their location on Polk Valley Road in Stroudsburg.
Volunteers must have their own vehicle and be available Monday-Friday mornings. Other volunteer opportunities are available at upcoming events.