Volunteers needed for Mobile Meals of Toledo

Mobile Meals of Toledo is in extreme need of volunteers. (Source: Mobile Meals of Toledo)
Mobile Meals of Toledo is in extreme need of volunteers. (Source: Mobile Meals of Toledo)

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - It delivers meals to people in the Toledo area who are unable to cook for themselves. Mobile Meals is asking for the public's help in getting food to the people who need it.

Vicki Melms started delivering for Mobile Meals two years ago when she retired.

"I started doing it once every other week and I liked it so much I said, 'Please give me another route.' And they did," said Melms.

That is when she enlisted the help of her husband.

"It's not hard work at all," said Rick Melms. "It's not work."

The two go to one of the pickup sites around town, load the back of their Jeep and hit the streets.

On Tuesday, they are working in west Toledo by the intersection of Alexis and Lewis.

"We love this. We spend our mornings, we wait for the phone call and if we get the call, we get up, get dressed and deliver food to the people," said Vicki Melms.

Unfortunately, there are fewer people like them. The volunteer base at Mobile Meals is slipping.

"It's very critical. We feed 600 people a day in the Toledo area and without the program, a lot of them couldn't be in their own homes," explained Carolyn Fox with Mobile Meals.

Mobile Meals is a nonprofit organization that delivers readymade meals to the elderly, sick and disabled. It only requires volunteers to help for one hour, two times a month.

"We'd love another hundred volunteers. That would make life perfect and a lot of our volunteers wouldn't be called all the time and strained, and you know, you burn them out," said Fox.

So far, the Melms said they are hardly worn out and as of right now, they would not want to spend their retired days doing anything else.

"It's a small part on us and we're helping a lot. So that's what the real cause is," said Vicki Melms.

People interested in becoming a volunteer with Mobile Meals of Toledo can call 419-255-7806 or go online at Mobile Meals.

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