Meals on Wheels America News - Thankful For Volunteers Like Asaiah

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August 21, 2020


Volunteers are at the heart of Meals on Wheels. Local programs across the country rely on millions of volunteers all making sure seniors stay safe and healthy.

While the majority of Meals on Wheels volunteers are over 55 years old, there’s a new generation of young people stepping up to make a difference.

Meet Asaiah Edwards, one of the Meals on Wheels volunteers who makes it happen. Asaiah graduated from college this spring and Meals on Wheels in New Jersey was part of his journey.

That is where he realized the true power of serving others.

Over the course of his college career, Edwards delivered hundreds of meals to people in his community, bringing life-changing companionship and smiles to people who often didn’t get to see anyone else all day or all week long.

“I had never really thought too much about [seniors] until Meals on Wheels,” said Edwards. “We don’t do a good job of helping them.”

WHY ASAIAH VOLUNTEERS

When COVID-19 hit, Asaiah noticed the power of personal outreach. Social distancing further isolated many seniors who were already homebound. He recalls a conversation with a client, who told him, “I don’t think I would be here to this day if it weren't for Meals on Wheels.”

He remembers the power of that phone call, hearing that Meals on Wheels really is a lifeline for seniors in need.

During a time when seniors are more isolated than ever, volunteers like Asaiah help Meals on Wheels clients feel less lonely. And thanks to volunteers and supporters like you, seniors across the country have the nutrition and social connection they need.

We think our volunteers will agree with Asaiah: “It’s about more than delivering meals.”

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