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Senior Volunteers Help the Community with Home Delivered Meals

May 30, 2013

Senior Volunteers Help the Community with Home Delivered Meals

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers provide a valuable and welcomed service to hundreds of homebound seniors in Bucks County who aren't able to prepare their own meals. Lorraine Horvath, volunteer coordinator for RSVP, says that "With summer upon us, substitutes are always needed, once a week, or maybe even only once a month to pack or deliver meals. We need seniors who can reach out and help even if they have only an hour to give."

Volunteers who can give an hour or more a week or a month to help pack meals on trays for delivery, or drive with a partner to deliver the meals to 5-7 grateful recipients, are needed all year round. They are in demand during the summer to substitute when regular volunteers are away.

Hunger Free Pennsylvania estimates that there are over 16,000 seniors in Bucks County who don't have an adequate diet. Many aren't able to cook for themselves due to a disability or for financial reasons, meaning they may not be able to stay in their own homes as they get older.

Thanks to the assistance of many RSVP volunteers working with 14 non-profit agencies like BuxMont Meals on Wheels, Central Bucks Meals on Wheels, and various Senior Centers, many seniors who want to stay in their homes are receiving at least one hot meal a day and some needed social contact, as well.

RSVP is a national organization of adults age 55 or older who volunteer services in their communities in many ways. In Bucks County there are currently 650 RSVP volunteers who give their time to help in the areas of health, environment, veteran's services, and education.

For more information or to become an RSVP volunteer, contact Lorraine Horvath, volunteer coordinator at 267-880-5725, or llhorvath@co.bucks.pa.us. You can also visit the RSVP website on the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org.