Caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons is an acceptable reason to leave your home during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the CDC. Dr. John Wright, professor in Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology, and his family, recently decided to help with the Lancaster Meals on Wheels (MOW) in February. There is also a Meals on Wheels in Millersville.
“We started the process when our son Ben needed service hours for the National Honor Society, but the whole family has signed up due to MOW’s increased need during this uncertain time,” said Wright. “The organizers are desperate for help, for as long as they can keep serving, as many of their regular volunteers are people for whom this virus can be especially difficult.”
“We know this won’t be in everyone’s comfort zone at this time, that’s totally understandable,” said Wright, “but, we do need the help. Meals on Wheels have good safety mechanisms in place so we don’t come in contact with clients, though the kitchen prep has us a bit closer in proximity to each other.”
There are shifts every day of the week, Monday through Friday, for about 2 to 2.5 hours each for driving, kitchen work, or both. The Wrights are volunteering on Friday mornings through the crisis, but they need kitchen and delivery help on other days.
If you are interested, able and comfortable doing so, please reach out to your local Meals on Wheels. In Lancaster, Meals on Wheels is at 1085-B, Manheim Pike and you can call Doug at 717-392-4842. There is also a Meals on Wheels, surrounded by Millersville University’s campus, in the Millersville Community United Methodist Church, 121 North George Street, call 717-872-2415.