Meals on Wheels adapts to continue serving community members

Meals on Wheels in Tupelo is continuing to serve people who are in need of hot meals in the community.

Posted: May 14, 2020 2:36 PM
Updated: May 14, 2020 7:01 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Meals on Wheels in Tupelo is continuing to serve people who are in need of hot meals in the community.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Meals on Wheels to take extra precautions when it comes to delivering food.

WTVA anchor Daniella Oropeza is a Meals on Wheels volunteer and is taking precautions to protect everyone.

Daniella wears gloves and wipes down the meals prior to delivery.

"We are needing to leave them on the doorknob or in a cooler and leaving to go to the next one,” Ashley McDaniel said. “They can't go into the homes right now because the population we serve are elderly."

McDaniel is the executive director of NextAge Mississippi. She is a coordinator for Meals on Wheels and said the pandemic has led to many changes in the organization’s daily routine.

"Most of our volunteers are 60 years or older,” she said. “So, they are hunkering down and not coming out. So, the volunteers are calling out, so I am having to find subs."

One such sub (substitute) is WTVA anchor Daniella Oropeza.

"They are really wanting us to wear masks,” Oropeza said. “I am wearing gloves and wiping the meals down."

She said these tweaks to the delivery process are all about looking out for the people they are serving.

"We have reported on it several times that the elderly are more at risk and those with health issues. So, it is very important for us to take these precautions," Oropeza continued.

McDaniel said she’s always looking for substitutes.

“Today, our routes ran smoothly, but that doesn't mean I won't get a text saying, ‘I can't run the route tomorrow.’"

Anyone who is interested in being a substitute driver for Meals on Wheels can contact the organization on its Facebook page.

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