Meals on Wheels for recipients in the northern towns of Grand Isle County are currently being prepared at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center in Alburgh with the delivery of those meals being coordinated by the Senior Center. If a person requires 5 meals a week they consist of 2 hot meals and 3 frozen meals that are delivered on Tuesday and Thursday. Meals on Wheels for folks in South Hero and Grand Isle are prepared in South Hero and delivered by C.I.D.E.R. volunteers.
As of the first of January, 2013, C.I.D.E.R. will be assuming responsibility for the preparation and delivery of Meals on Wheels for the entire county with the addition of North Hero, Alburgh and Isle La Motte. The current plan for meals going to the northern towns is that the meals will be prepared in South Hero at the Congregational Church, loaded into insulated containers and transported to North Hero where they will be transfered to a volunteer’s car for the final home delivery. Hot meals are going to to be delivered 5 days a week – an increase over the current 2 days a week.
Two groups of “Monday through Friday” volunteers are going to be needed for this to work. One group of volunteers is needed to pick up meals in South Hero (around 10:15 to 10:30) and drive them to the drop-off / transfer location in North Hero – the Harborside Market parking lot. A second group of volunteers is needed to pick up the meals in North Hero (around 11:00 to 11:15) and make the final home deliveries. With the addition of several substitute drivers a total of 12 or 13 drivers are needed. If you live in South Hero or Grand Isle and would like to take the meals north or if you live in the northern end of the county and would like to make the home deliveries please contact us. Recipients of these meals are our island neighbors who rely on them as they are unable to prepare hot meals for themselves.
Please contact the C.I.D.E.R. office (372-6425) if you would like to volunteer for this worthwhile effort. A clean driving record, a reliable automobile and the ability to pass a background check are a requirements for this project.