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Meals on Wheels needs your help.The program needs volunteers for driving and delivery. Marc Lillis, the program’s acting manager, said Valley View Hospital’s Meals on Wheels is used mostly by people who are housebound or recovering from illness. “Valley View operates a full-service kitchen every day,” he said. “This allows us to help out those for whom cooking is difficult. We provide a well-rounded meal that fulfills a third of a person’s daily nutritional requirements.”A meal from the service consists of an entree, a vegetable, a salad, a carbohydrate (such as potato or noodles) and dessert. Deliveries within Glenwood Springs are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For $2.50, a person who may require more than three meals a week may order an extra meal (with a different menu) to be delivered, which can be stored for the following day.Lillis stresses the valuable role that volunteers play in keeping the program running. “It is our volunteer delivery team that makes it possible for us to offer Meals on Wheels as a community service,” he said. “Our volunteer drivers and delivery people perform a service that really means something to the people who use it. Not only are the meals important, but for many families caring for an elderly family member, it can be reassuring just to know that three times a week someone will be briefly stopping by and checking in on them.”Power said there is an urgent need for Meals on Wheels volunteers for driving and delivery.
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