FAQ: Delivering Meals
What types of volunteering opportunities do you offer?
We recruit volunteers to deliver meals to our clients over their lunch hour Monday
through Friday. Two volunteers are scheduled to deliver each route. One volunteer drives using
their own car, and the other takes the meals to the recipients' doors. Volunteers can deliver routes
without a partner if they prefer. Routes go out mid-day and are available throughout Rochester and Monroe County.
What is the time commitment for volunteering to deliver meals?
A Meals On Wheels route takes about an hour. You can volunteer weekly, monthly, or seasonally…whatever suits your schedule.
What does volunteering involve for meal delivery?
Delivering meals involves driving to the program site, picking up eight to ten meals, directions, and delivering them to as many residences. It takes about an hour, and our drop sites are at senior centers, churches and town halls in your neighborhood. Volunteers deliver meals with a friendly “Hello” and a quick check of a patient’s well-being.
When do you need volunteers?
We need volunteers Monday through Friday. Our delivery window is from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Routes take about an hour to deliver.
Can I volunteer with a group?
Yes! Meals On Wheels has an Adopt-A-Route program, which is especially ideal for a group who would like to share a weekly lunchtime commitment by adopting a route. Many local businesses, community agencies, and church groups are involved. With a team of ten or more members, each individual is scheduled to deliver about once a month, or less frequently, depending on how large the group is. Your route would be on the same day and time each week.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Please complete the online application or call our Volunteer Services department at 585.787.8326 and we can send you an application.
How long does it take to become a Meals On Wheels volunteer?
The process takes about 4- 6 weeks. Once the application is received at the MOW Volunteer Services office it is reviewed and assessed. Reference and background checks are completed. After the training/ orientation class is completed you will then be scheduled to begin volunteering!