Response to COVID-19: Meals on Wheels

In response to COVID-19, Jessica Pinto, a First 5 Service Corps team member, has been committed to helping the community of VictorVille through volunteering for Meals on Wheels. This program provides free food delivery services for senior citizens. Before the pandemic, this program focused on senior citizens who couldn’t get out or couldn’t cook due to physical disabilities; however once the pandemic started, Meals on Wheels expanded its services to all senior citizens. This was a major shift in the inclusivity of their program, because senior citizens are a very vulnerable population in regards to COVID-19 dissemination. Jessica’s volunteer service has helped ensure that senior citizens can stay in the comfort of their home, safe from the pandemic, and still receive their basic food necessities. Jessica serves around 10 meals through car delivery every week, providing frozen food meals, bread, milk, and pudding. We applaud Jessica for her continued efforts and dedication to serve VictorVille Meals on Wheels- as helping underserved communities is the true meaning of being an AmeriCorps member.

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