AUSTIN, Texas -- Meals on Wheels is preparing for a drop in volunteers at the end of the month going into the summertime.
"If we didn't have these volunteers, a lot of these clients wouldn't be able to get their meals each day," said Jason Kamimoto, volunteer recruitment coordinator for Meals on Wheels.
The organization has 8,000 volunteers in Central Texas, but most are seasonal, typically picking up a few routes during the holidays. There are only about 3,000 volunteers who deliver regularly, but that number will start to dwindle toward the end of May.
"This is a very busy time of year - summertime, you know. A lot of people are going on trips and things, so our normal volunteers that normally deliver each week won't be here," Kamimoto said.
Mike Pearce has been volunteering for 13 years, delivering food every Thursday.
"I probably get more out of it than they do. I enjoy talking to them and checking on them and making sure they are alright," Pearce said.
With 3,000 people to feed and 90 percent of deliveries being made by volunteers, having people on standby to pitch in here and there or consistently, like Pearce, is crucial.
"We really depend on our volunteers to help drive this organization," Kamimoto said.
For Pearce, volunteering is now just a portion of his routine.
"I don't even think about it anymore. It's just become a part of my week," he said.
Volunteering typically only takes about an hour or hour and a half. You don't have to deliver daily or even weekly.
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