PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Neighborly, a nonprofit, focuses on helping senior citizens and right now, the organization is delivering nearly 10,000 meals each week to seniors in Pinellas County. 

Neighborly has more than doubled the number of meals they deliver to seniors each day after having to shut down some senior dining sites, and adult daycares they operate because of COVID. 

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“Everybody was based at home, so we had to deliver those meals to people, so where we delivered a thousand meals a day back in March, is now at 24-2500 meals a day because those other things shutdown,” said David Lomaka, Executive Director of Neighborly. 

Lomaka said even though things were tough at the beginning of the pandemic considering their clients are among the most vulnerable population, there was a silver lining. Thanks to CARES funding, Neighborly was able to help even more seniors, providing meals each day, Monday through Friday. 

Volunteers pick up the meals from sites around the county and personally deliver them to home bound seniors, from a distance. 

Now, Neighborly needs about 200 more volunteers to keep up with the demand and take the remaining 500 seniors off the wait list. 

“When you see these people over and over again, you can't help but get connected, and I think that's truly what makes Neighborly volunteers Neighborly. This is so much more than just meal delivery. This is about enhancing the life of a senior, and for many of them, this may be the only human being they see in a 24 hour period,” said Hilary Douglass, Neighborly. 

To become a volunteer, you fill out an online application and go through an orientation and background check. Volunteers serve once a week, for about two hours.