MAHOMET β€” Volunteers are needed immediately to help deliver meals to senior citizens in the area.

Kamel Carpenter, site supervisor, said the Mahomet route of the Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program needs drivers particularly on Mondays and Thursdays and as substitutes. It takes one hour or less to do the route, she noted.

Reliable drivers are needed to undergo a background check and training and be able to help even during winter months.

β€œIt’s very important that they show up. Our seniors rely on us to feed them,” Carpenter said.

There are 10-11 people served on the Mahomet route. Drivers should be friendly with animals, as many seniors have dogs. Most of the deliveries are in the senior community in the Prairieview Road area, with one in-town Mahomet, according to Carpenter.

Peace Meal participants receive a noon meal five days a week, and that enables many of them to remain independent and in their homes, according to a flier from the program operated by Sarah Bush Lincoln. Volunteers pick up meals at a local site and deliver them to participants.

For more information, email peacemeal@sblhs.org or call 1-800-543-1770.