Every day in Tampa about 700 home-bound seniors depend on a visit from Meals on Wheels. They welcome the hot food and the friendly face.

“A lot of them will tell us, even though they do love the meal, they like the visit more,” explains Andrea Brogen from Meals on Wheels. “I have some cute little ladies that put on lipstick and get dressed, because they’re looking forward to that volunteer coming around and seeing them.”

Laura Sherman has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for four years. She and her co-workers at Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Insurance have adopted a route. “We were looking for something to give back to the community both as a firm and individually,” Sherman says. “It’s amazing when you deliver the meals—the look on their face. You’re not only nourishing their body, but their soul.”

Meals on Wheels can always use more volunteers, but the summer months are especially critical. Family vacations can interrupt normal delivery schedules.

Volunteering is easy to do. A typical route takes about an hour to complete and children are also welcome to come along. Volunteering on Saturdays is also a possibility, because once a month Meals on Wheels delivers fresh produce to seniors.

For more information on how to volunteer check out this website.