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Meals on Wheels to continue locally with some adjustments during COVID-19 outbreak

By Marci Creps

The local Meals on Wheels program will continue in Monroe County with a few adjustments and with a call out for new, temporary substitute drivers.

According to a post on the Meals on Wheels website, the group worked with IU Health Bloomington Hospital to take proper steps to protect both clients and volunteers during the COVID-19 concerns.

On Friday, clients were delivered small coolers if ones had not previously been received. The group will now implement a “no touch” delivery service with volunteers leaving meals in the cooler. Volunteers will also follow up with phone calls to check in on clients on their route. Volunteers will also carry two additional cooler bags in the event a client forgets to leave their cooler out.

Meals on Wheels has also directed volunteers to cancel service if they have traveled outside the U.S. in the past 14 days. Any volunteer who is ill or has been instructed to self-isolate is also asked to cancel their service.

Meals on Wheels is also recruiting for temporary volunteers who may be needed during the current pandemic. Volunteers are needed 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to fill short-term vacancies. Training will be provided. Anyone interested is asked to fill out the Emergency Volunteer Application through the website, www.bloomingtonmealsonwheels.org.

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