Local Meals on Wheels program looking for drivers, especially in Hancock Co.

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A local program needs help to make sure Mainers who can't get out and about get the food they need.

The Meals on Wheels program through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging delivers frozen meals to homebound seniors in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties.

Meals are available to seniors 60 years of age or older who are homebound and unable to leave their house without assistance. Seniors must be unable to prepare a meal and have no one available to prepare a meal. The meals are available on short or long term basis, depending on the need.

The program is looking for volunteer drivers, particularly in Hancock County. In the winter, more people are asking for meals and with more participants comes the need for more drivers. Drivers can volunteer as much or as little as they would like, weekly or monthly. Two routes go to Hancock County each week - on Tuesdays from Bangor to Ellsworth and on Thursdays from Bangor to Deer Isle, with stops along the way.

Drivers can use their own vehicles. But they can also use agency vehicles, including a Subaru Outback donated to Meals on Wheels by Subaru of America.

Meals on Wheels is more than a meal. Volunteers can establish relationships with the folks who receive the meals, staying around, chatting with them and seeing how they're doing. That's particularly important in the winter when older adults can feel isolated by the weather.

For more information, go to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging website at www.eaaa.org or call 941-2865 or 1-800-432-7812.