A senior meal program designed to support independent living. Balanced nutrition and social contact on a frequent basis are key to maintaining good health, and necessary for living independently at home.
Meals are normally delivered:
Monday through Friday between
10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
Meals are served on site:
Monday through Friday between
11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.
Times and days vary by meal site.
Food & Friends serves more than meals...
In many cases volunteers are the only people our seniors see on any given day. We serve more than a meal; we provide vital social contact and a safety net.
Volunteers are always welcome!
Many people are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels and help prepare meals. While volunteering for Food & Friends provides a vital service to our community, it is also FUN!
Feel the satisfaction that comes from helping others in need of nourishment and a friendly face.
Come together to give back to your community.
Form a dedicated volunteer team of co-workers to help near your workplace. This is a great opportunity for businesses, service groups, and other agencies.
We need caring people who will...
Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors
Drivers use their own vehicles (mileage reimbursement is available and donations are tax deductible).
Meals are picked up at a central location.
Training is provided.
Volunteers complete a criminal background check.
ServeMeals at Congregate Sites
Volunteers pack meals for delivery and serve seniors who come to the site.
"I am thankful for people like you. It tells me compassion and loving kindness has not abandoned hearts like yours. Bless you wonderful people."- Frank
I would like to volunteer...
If you are interested in volunteering please call our Volunteer Coordinator in your county: Nancy Hayes in Jackson County at 541-734-9505 x4 or Kellie Miller in Josephine County at 541-955-8839 for an appointment. You may complete your application in advance to save time.
Our volunteers are important to us and we ensure they are prepared for a positive experience.
Site volunteers are trained at the meal site and are asked to complete the Food Handlers exam.
Home delivery volunteers ride along with experienced drivers to learn the routes, how to serve meals, and socialize with meal participants. There is also an orientation.
Food & Friends has recently introduced Maximizing Brief Encounters training. This award winning training was developed by Sharon Johnson of the Oregon State University Extension Service who is a long time Food & Friends volunteer.
Our first workshop centers on communicating effectively with aging persons. Other topics to be offered at a later date include understanding food borne illness, understanding age-related memory loss, and recognizing medication problems.
I would like to know more...
For more information or to go on a "Ride Along" please call Nancy Hayes at 541-734-9505 x 4 in Jackson County or Kellie Miller at 541-955-8839 in Josephine County. We will be happy to discuss the various ways you can volunteer to help our senior neighbors.