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Meals on Wheels Needs Smiling Volunteers in Burnet, Marble Falls

Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, which oversees Burnet County’s Meals on Wheels program, is seeking volunteers to deliver meals and assist in the kitchen. Contact Jamie McAfee at jmcafee@opportunitiesforwbc.org or (512) 715-9717 for more information.

BURNET — A saying states that when you smile, the world smiles back. But for people dependent on Meals on Wheels, their smile means more because those who bring them lunches each day might be the only visitors the homebound individuals see.

"I know it makes me feel good when I deliver," said Jamie McAfee, the Burnet County Meals on Wheels site manager. "You see the smiles on their faces when they open the door. There are friendly faces you see."

To ensure those smiles continue, Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, which oversees Burnet County’s Meals on Wheels program, is seeking volunteers to deliver meals and assist in the kitchen.

McAfee said the program is entering a critical need.

"We've had volunteers who've had knee and hip replacements," she said. "They're incapacitated now."

She said some routes are as small as 6 miles round-trip and as long as 52 miles round-trip and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours total.

Five routes are in the city of Burnet, while Marble Falls has six. Those wishing to drive in Burnet can go to the old Burnet Elementary School, the home of Meals on Wheels, located at 607 N. Vandeveer in Burnet. Marble Falls drivers should go to Highview Retirement Village, 200 RR 1431 East in Marble Falls. Drivers should be at the facilities by 10:45 a.m. since the officials want the lunches to be delivered by 11 a.m.

Drivers can be part of a business, too. She recalled some businesses picked a certain day of the week and sent two different drivers every seven days to deliver the same route. And it doesn't just have to be businesses, she added. Employees of area nonprofits also are welcome.

People who would rather help prepare meals don't have to have prior kitchen experience, McAfee said.

"They just need minimal kitchen skills," she said. "We can train anybody. We need help preparing meals and washing dishes."

If drivers simply want to be called to be substitutes, McAfee said that's OK, too.

In mid-October, the Burnet facility will begin hosting congregant lunches complete with bingo beginning at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday. The group typically begins to gather at 10 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

"It's a group of people who are 60 or older who meet for lunch every day," McAfee said. "It's for anybody 60 or older who can drive."

The group also goes on field trips to shop, watch movies, and other fun activities.

Contact McAfee at jmcafee@opportunitiesforwbc.org or (512) 715-9717 for more information.

For more volunteer opportunities in the Highland Lakes, view our Volunteer Guide.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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