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Meals On Wheels In Need Of Volunteers

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Meals on Wheel delivers a daily meal to about 900 people in Wichita.

The Wichita Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers.

The program said it loses student volunteers during the school year and many of its regular volunteers are on vacation or planning to be out of town for the holidays.

Volunteers work about one hour per day, delivering a noon meal to homebound residents across the city.

Meals on Wheels, which is run by Senior Services of Wichita, serves close to 900 people daily. The program currently has about 200 volunteers who prep and deliver the meals.

Tiffany Oltjenbruns, the program’s volunteer coordinator, said the program is a great opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in someone’s life.

“A lot of times our clients don’t see anybody else (all) day,” she said. “They look forward to seeing our volunteers take them the meal.

“We’re giving them that nutritional meal, but we’re also checking on them as well.”

For more information, go to seniorservicesofwichita.org or call 316-267-0122.

Ray Strunk is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.