Meals On Wheels Runner - West Neighbourhood House


Date Posted: 2022-12-29
Date Needed: On-going
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Primary Category: *Driving and Transportation
Type of Position: In Person – Weekdays
Description & Details

The Meals on Wheels Program offers healthy, affordable meals to seniors and people living with disabilities in the downtown West-end community. This service is an integral role in supporting independence and connection, as Runners are often the only person seen by the client in the course of the day. *The Runner is not required to provide their own car.

The Meals on Wheels Runners, in partnership with a Driver, deliver hot meals along a planned route, for 1.5-2 hrs. a week. While on route, he/she is responsible to check the route book for special diets, ensuring each client receives the correct meal.  A brief chat and careful observation to ensure their well-being is a part of the job.

Due to the purpose of this program, runners are expected to include a client safety check while delivering the meal.

Volunteer Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Friendly smile
  • Arrive at the Meals on Wheels lounge by 10 am, finishing around 2:00 pm
  • Collect the route book and any letters, bills or messages to be given out that particular day
  • Meet the driver
  • When meals arrive, check the order of meals according to the diets
  • Accompany the driver on route, helping to direct him/her if necessary
  • Distribute the meals carefully, watching for special diets
  • Pause to talk and observe the general condition of each person
  • Report back to staff when finished with any observations, and relaying any messages
  • Participation in volunteer job related training workshops

Skills Required:

  • Must enjoy working with people
  • Must have an interest in seniors and disabled persons` issues
  • Must be friendly, reliable, patient, non-judgmental and non-discriminating

Orientation, Training and Benefits:

  • Staff provides orientation and training before volunteers are placed in the program
  • On-going support provided by staff
  • On-going training workshop opportunities and get-togethers provided throughout the year

Program Time:

  • 6 days a week (Mon-Sat): shifts- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Volunteer Commitment:

  • May volunteer once a week or more
  • Minimum of 3-6 months or more
  • Inform the Meals on Wheels staff at least three days in advance if unable to come
How to Apply / Contact

Please call 416-532-4828, ext 171 or email for more information. You can apply to be a volunteer by completing this application form:


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