Serv-A-Tray Program Volunteers Needed
Drivers needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in Glassboro, National Park, Thorofare, Westville, West Deptford and Woodbury
(West Deptford, NJ) – The Gloucester County Division of Senior Services is seeking volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to senior citizens and homebound residents.
The Gloucester County Serv-A-Tray program provides hot, nutritious noontime meals to eligible county residents that are delivered Monday through Friday with frozen meals provided for the weekends and holidays.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “The participation of volunteer drivers is critical for the success of this program. The county could not operate this program without them.”
Damminger said that volunteer drivers are reimbursed for their mileage, and volunteers do not have to commit to delivering meals every day.
“If a volunteer can help two or three times a week, that helps deliver a meal and a friendly hello to our citizens,” Damminger said. “We don’t want the price of gas to keep people from volunteering to help serve meals so drivers will receive mileage reimbursement for their assistance,” he said.
Freeholder Lyman Barnes said that approximately 50 volunteers are delivering 360 meals throughout the county each day. The routes facing volunteer shortages are Glassboro (21 meals), Thorofare (12 meals), Westville (15), National Park (12), Woodbury (10), and West Deptford (17).
"We encourage residents to volunteer for this important senior program. The volunteers we currently have in Serv-A-Tray find their experience gratifying,” said Barnes. “Sometimes the Serv-A-Tray volunteer is the only form of personal contact the meal recipient has in a day. It is a vital service that is provided to our homebound residents, both physically and emotionally.”
To learn more about how to become a Serv-A-Tray volunteer in Gloucester County call 686-8325.