Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels makes some changes amid COVID-19 outbreak but still feeding seniors
RICHLAND, Wash. — As many businesses in Washington are being forced to cut back hours or close completely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels workers and volunteers aren’t slowing down.
“It’s been totally crazy, and every time we come up with a plan the next minute it changes”, said Kristi Thien, nutrition services director at Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels. “Our staff is just having to adapt left and right.”
Thien said they plan to make sure all of the approximately 700 seniors they normally serve will continue to receive meals. They are also ready to adapt if demand increases, which is likely.
“I think we’re going to get calls from people who don’t normally need meal assistance who are now afraid to go to the grocery store,” she said. “We want to be there for them too.”
While home deliveries will continue, they will be delivering twice weekly instead of daily. They will be adding frozen meals to deliveries so that seniors will still have meals for each day.
Thien said they also will no longer be serving meals at their dining centers. Instead, they are putting together frozen meals that will be available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Our staff and volunteers are so dedicated,” she said. “We’re going to be here for you no matter what.”