Become a Volunteer

COVID-19 Volunteers

As things slowly start to open back up and people begin to return to work, Meals on Wheels will experience a need for more volunteers. Some of our older volunteers may still need to refrain from volunteering and their return to delivering meals may be more gradual. Prior to this pandemic, many Meals on Wheels programs were in a critical shortage of volunteers and our Ottawa program was no different. At this time our recruitment efforts will focus on new volunteer drivers who will be able to continue to deliver meals on a longer term basis (6+ months). This is a great opportunity for people who have time during the day to give back to the community. All volunteers will need a current level 3 police record check for volunteer service with the vulnerable sector (less than 12 months).  Before applying, please go through Ontario Public Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment to ensure your health and safety. 

We have been so grateful for how the community has stepped up in this time of crisis to make sure our essential service has been able to continue.  We are thankful to all those who are using the time, when their employment situation may have changed, to make sure our seniors and adults with disabilities are being cared for and provided nutritional support and a check in.  

  • Questions? Please email:  volunteer(at)

We thank you in advance for applying to volunteer. Please note you may experience a delay in reply at this time, but we will ensure we get back to you shortly. Thank you for your patience.

If you want to support in other ways, consider making a donation, or telling the seniors and adults with disabilities in your life about our meal delivery service


Make a difference in your community –
Become a Meals on Wheels Volunteer!

Every year over 400 volunteers are needed to make our operation run smoothly, contributing more than 24,000 hours of service in central Ottawa.

Volunteers are the vital link in our service and add an immeasurable human value to the quality of what we do.  Our screened and trained volunteers also provide a personal contact, a safety check, as well as an interested daily visitor.

We have kitchens across the city that provide hot food for our program. Volunteers can pick up the meals close to where they live or work!

Contact us to find out where your time and talents can be invested in our agency.

What do I need to know before volunteering?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and come from diverse backgrounds. It takes a dedicated team of over 400 screened and trained volunteers to help feed our community in Ottawa on a daily basis.

Here’s how to become part of the Meals on Wheels team:

  • Fill out the online application (choose “Meals on Wheels”)
  • Participate in a short interview by phone or in person with one of our Volunteer Department staff.
  • Attend an orientation session to learn more about the program.
  • Provide two references and obtain a Police Record Check for Volunteer Work with the Vulnerable Sector.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian when delivering meals.
  • Participate in on-the-job and ongoing training.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Flexible schedules and commitments based on your availability.
  • Mileage reimbursement (for drivers).
  • A letter of reference after 6 months of service (if requested).
  • The option to volunteer as a family, with friends or with co-workers. Ask us about our Corporate Delivery Program!
  • An invitation to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
  • A chance to meet people and make new friends!

Volunteering testimonials

“I want to and I enjoy supporting my community. It’s only two hours per shift and it makes a big impact on the clients’ lives. The clients are always grateful. And the simple act of delivering a meal and asking, “How are you?” might be the only interaction they get that day.” – Christine J.

For me, volunteer work gives me a purpose for my life. After spending 46 years working in health care and being a front line care giver, I needed an environment where the need to provide care to seniors could be met. Meals on Wheels volunteers are another set of eyes and ears  for the very frail and lonely, and  I am glad that I am a team member.” Gurdeep D. 

“Everyone that I deliver to enjoys our service and loves the meals… and our smiles! The organization is amazing and it runs very very smoothly considering the amount of people we deliver to on a daily basis” – MOW volunteer


Did you know?

En 2017-2018, la Popote roulante a été ravie 65 949 repas chauds, 29 723 repas congelés Apetito, 6 449 repas congelés de TimeSaver, de même que 5 686 repas chauds et 6 600 repas congelés livrés dans le cadre des programmes Vieillir chez soi et Retour à la maison pour un total de 114 407 repas livrés à 1 672 clients.