Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg needs more hands to help expand services

The organization has seen a 30% increase in the last year

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Almost every day, more than 1,000 volunteers with Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg load up their bags with hot meals, ready to deliver to people in need.

In the last year and a half, the organization has seen a 30-percent increase for its services.

"And that means we need to create more routes,” explained Executive Director Kris Shabestar.

To create more routes in other parts of Campbell County, Madison Heights and the Boonsboro area, the group will need more hands.

“To start these three new routes, I need about 40 new volunteers. And it’s a continuous process,” said Shabestar.

Shabestar said volunteering is for all ages.

Gerald Anderson is retired and has been a volunteer for a year. When his granddaughters are in town, he makes sure to bring them too.

"Just to be able to give back. I know people need help sometimes,” said Anderson.