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RSVP Seeks Volunteers To Help With Food Pantry

OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is seeking volunteers 55 and over to help residents of Oswego County overcome food insecurity by recruiting volunteers to assist at food pantries and soup kitchens or deliver meals to home bound seniors.

OCO volunteer coordinator Chris Parks has a chat with Maude Pitonza, volunteer at the Phoenix Dining and Activity Center.
OCO volunteer coordinator Chris Parks has a chat with Maude Pitonza, volunteer at the Phoenix Dining and Activity Center.

There are 19 food pantries and soup kitchens in Oswego County that work in partnership with a number of churches, businesses and civic organizations, RSVP included, to provide a community “safety net” to address the issues of hunger in Oswego County through direct service and advocacy.

These programs rely on volunteers to stay affordable and extend their outreach.

Hours can be flexible; some RSVP volunteers even deliver meals to senior high rises during their lunch hour.

The variety of tasks assures there is something to appeal to everyone and may include unloading deliveries, stocking shelves, registering clients, packaging food orders, coordinating food drives, collecting and reporting data, filling holiday food baskets – even mowing the lawn at some facilities.

Delivering meals to seniors in their homes is often the difference between independent living and more costly institutional care.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the “Meals on Wheels” service, and their daily visit contributes to the general well being of home-bound seniors every bit as much as the hot, nutritious meal they provide.

Once a week or once a month, home-delivered-meals volunteers are needed in all areas of Oswego County, especially in the Fulton, Central Square, Parish and Oswego areas.

Current openings exist within senior high rises and drive routes.

For more information on this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email [email protected]

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.