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Longmont Meals on Wheels changes to meet pandemic demands

Posted at 5:15 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 20:23:32-05

LONGMONT, Colo. — There were a few more instructions than normal for Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers in Longmont after Boulder County went to level orange under the Safer at Home Order.

The meal delivery service has had to scale back capacity and the number of deliveries made.

“[We're] looking at client deliveries and what we can do here to make sure that staff and volunteers are interacting less in the building than we had been last week,” Longmont Meals on Wheels Development and Communications Director Katie Wiser said.

Instead of making deliveries five days a week, they’re cutting back to just three. They’ll deliver Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But the meals will still be there.

“It does not change the number of meals they get, just a fewer delivery days. They will get the same number of meals,” Wiser said.

Perhaps the biggest change comes with the care being taken to make sure these deliveries are truly contactless. A much taller order given the need has been rising with the increase in COVID-19 cases.

“We're serving a lot more meals because our clients need us more than ever before,” Wiser said.

To accommodate the increase in meal service with a smaller staff, meal preparation could move to six days a week.

“Our chef has every confidence he can do it, but he might have to do some Sundays now and then to accommodate things,” she added.