Nearly two dozen Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers are helping deliver meals to vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The officers are helping Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona get food to vulnerable adults who can't cook or shop for groceries.
Officials with the program say Mobile Meals is down 40% of its usual volunteers, since many of them are older than 65 and self-isolating during the pandemic. When off duty, 20 TPD officers are delivering to sick, homebound seniors on special diets.
Officers are still signing up to volunteer as word has spread about the need, and they can do it quickly, since they already have background and fingerprint checks required of volunteers. Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona delivers hot meals to about 260 clients a day.