Volunteering with Meals on Wheels and More

Volunteering with Meals on Wheels and More

Before last week the only context I had for Meals on Wheels was of Marla stealing food trays in Fight Club. Of course not the only reason, but it was definitely time to update that impression, so we signed up to volunteer on a route. If you’re unfamiliar with them, Meals on Wheels and More (their full name) has a main function of delivering food to various homebound people in the community. On the day of, we rolled up to Meals on Wheels HQ around 10:30. They had us fill out some simple paperwork, then watch an informative training video that threw you back to high school movie days (aka best days of school). Afterward, we got to check out the food trays that we’d be using. I was fairly certain I’d botch the distribution job, but they use an easy color-coding system. Once training finished, we grabbed our coolers (the only thing we had to bring, though I’m pretty sure they had some in case we didn’t pay attention to the email explaining we needed bring two) and went to the pickup area. They have a quick check-in system, then we received a route sheet with a map, addresses, names, the color-coding system for the food, and even notes to help once you got to the house. One cooler held the hot food, and the other the cold. Then we were off. Our delivery routes were set in east Austin, but they have pickup sites and routes throughout the city. We followed the map to the first house which wasn’t far away from HQ. Then, we got one...