Starting today, Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT) Paratransit drivers are helping Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa meet the high demand of delivering meals to homebound seniors.
As part of the new partnership, WestCAT will use its fleet of 10 paratransit vehicles to deliver nutritious meals to seniors who have one or more chronic health conditions that prevent their preparing meals for themselves, the transit agency said.
“Paratransit drivers in teams of two will report to the Hercules Senior Center each morning to pick up the containers of frozen meals that have been prepared for distribution, and will have a list of clients and addresses that they will be delivering to throughout the region,” according to WestCAT.
Peter Edwards, general manager of MV Transportation, which operates paratransit service for WestCAT, reached out to Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa to offer assistance.
Said Charles Anderson, WestCAT’s general manager, “There is a critical need for delivery drivers in the region for this type of service, and as WestCAT has both vehicles and drivers available to assist, and the cooperation of our contractor MV Transportation that actually coordinated this effort with Meals on Wheels, it is a win-win situation, and we are happy to be of services in the community.”