Coronavirus forces Meals on Wheels to change how they deliver


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The coronavirus is prompting some changes for Meals on Wheels as senior citizens are considered some of the most vulnerable to the virus.

Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers 1,500 meals to Wake County seniors, is changing the way drivers deliver those meals.

Volunteers are no longer coming inside the homes to drop off lunch.

Volunteers already follow food safety guidelines but drivers are making sure they are taking more precautions by using extra hand sanitizer and wearing gloves.

Meals on Wheels also had dining rooms at some of its wake county locations but that’s no longer offered. Instead, they’re offering curbside pick-ups

Some people who receive daily meals are asking if this service will continue as guidelines for COVID-19 gets tighter. 

Alan Winstead, executive director for Meals on Wheels in Wake County, said they are doing all they can to get meals delivered to people who need them.”

“We are committed to that mission. We know the people rely on us and we want to do it. As quickly as things change I’m not going to predict very long. I know we’re delivering meals today. we are planning to deliver meals tomorrow, and in the future as long as we can .”

Winstead said Meals on Wheels partners with churches and if they make changes to their operation that could impact their organization.

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