For the first time in nearly a year and a half, volunteers with Meals on Wheels are back on the road Wednesday, delivering hot food.
Meals on Wheels Metro Tulsa said it had to hire delivery drivers during the pandemic, but now they are so glad to welcome back their volunteers.
"I forget they just started having volunteers again," said Bri Regnier, who said it’s her first official day delivering meals as a volunteer. "I'm excited to get out there and just see what people might need and you know anything that I can do to give them a little bit of support.”
Regnier began volunteering with Meals on Wheels a couple of months ago, but she hasn't been face to face with clients until today.
"We were asked to just give a little wellness call to each of the clients and kind of just check on them and see how they are doing. We've gotten to speak with them a little bit," said Regnier.
Once again, volunteers can pick up the meals and take them to people's homes. They're testing it out first in Broken Arrow and hope to add Tulsa soon.
"So now that's what is taking place once again. They're able to see them, make that contact. Hello, hi, smile. Be able to deliver that meal to them, check in on them and see how they're doing," said Bob Beard with Meals on Wheels.
Beard said around 1,500 people rely on Meals on Wheels for hot meals each week. He said that number grew during the pandemic and now they're looking for more volunteers.
"When you have well over 100 routes a day being serviced for clients, that means that we have to have a full core standing up," said Beard.
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