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Staff members from the Manassas Senior Center and Woodbridge Senior Center are providing food to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels.
The program, which is offered by the Prince William Area Agency on Aging, delivers food to older adults.
Senior center volunteers typically drop off food each day, but many volunteers aren’t able to do so, according to a release from Prince William County.
“Many of them offered to help, but a lot of our volunteers are older and at risk as well,” Manassas Senior Center Site Manager Sue Gilbert said in a release.
Because of concerns about the Coronavirus, the senior centers are closed until further notice.
During this time, staff members will deliver five frozen meals to Meals of Wheels participants every week.
Meals are also being provided for those who have their meals at the facilities, which are called “congregate meals”.
A drive-up service is also available, according to Woodbridge Senior Center Site Manager Kathleen Ambrose.
“Many count on the congregate meals for a nutritious meal and social interaction on weekdays. By providing pick-up meals, they are receiving the nutritious meal while having a moment of human interaction at a safe distance. It can also combat cabin fever by getting them out of their homes,” Ambrose said in a release.
Older adults aren’t just receiving food, they’re getting phone calls, as well.
“We’re worried about them, so we’re going to offer telephone reassurance if they would like a daily call for us to check in,” Gilbert said.
Anyone who would like to assist seniors may contact Volunteer Prince William or Action in Community Through Service (ACTS).
Here are a few volunteer opportunities available through ACTS.
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