For over 50 years, Meals on Wheels Orange County has been the county’s largest nonprofit senior nutrition and supportive service provider. And during the coronavirus pandemic, it found itself doubling its output from 1 million to 2 million meals annually.

Although the worst days of the pandemic have passed, the demand for meals remains and they have found themselves facing a shortage of volunteers. Darla Olson, vice president of advancement states: “the number of volunteers has dropped from 600 before the coronavirus to 400 currently”.

Deborah Buschette, 69, of Garden Grove, who has been a client for five years because of severe health issues said of the volunteers: “I don’t see anybody besides them,” Buschette said. “They’ve really done a lot for me.  It’s just comforting to know that there are people who are that selfless.”

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