Meals on Wheels struggling during cold weather, calls for more volunteers

Published 03/17 2014 05:32PM

Updated 03/17 2014 07:01PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The brutally cold winter has taken a toll on Meals on Wheels. On Monday, a third of their drivers who deliver the meals didn't come in.

Meals on Wheels depends on 30 volunteer drivers a day to deliver meals around the city. In all, they hand out 700 meals a day, a hot lunch and a cold dinner to each person.

But, the organization says when temperatures drop, so do volunteers.

Volunteers who aren't able to deal with the cold and snow sometimes cancel when in the winter, putting deliveries in jeopardy on some of the most frigid days this winter.

“Our back up is our staff and we only have seven drivers that can back up on the staff. If we don't meet that capacity, then we are really struggling to get the meals out and we don't want to be in a position where we can't feed people if we don't have enough volunteers,” said Meals on Wheels Executive Director Mason Kaufman.

Meals on Wheels is hoping more volunteers will step up to help.

If you’d like to volunteer or donate, you can find more information here or call (315) 478-5948 x213.

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