Arlington Meals on Wheels is an all-volunteer program, and most of our drivers are seniors. As a result, we must place the safety of our volunteers foremost when we consider whether to deliver in bad weather or when footing on steps and sidewalks is hazardous.
We base our policy primarily on decisions made by Arlington County Public Schools:
On days when Arlington public schools would normally be in session but are CLOSED due to inclement weather, Meals on Wheels WILL NOT DELIVER.
On days that Arlington public schools have a DELAYED opening due to snow or icy conditions or other weather emergencies, Meals on Wheels will make every effort to deliver, but we reserve the right to cancel deliveries if it appears that conditions during delivery hours (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) will cause significant risk for our volunteers.
On bad weather days when Arlington Schools are not in session (for example, during the Christmas vacation), Meals on Wheels will make its own determination if it is safe for our drivers to deliver or not.
In every case when weather is questionable, a recorded announcement stating our delivery policy for that day will be available by 7:00 a.m. on our answering machine (703-522-0811).
In the case of bad weather lasting several days, Meals on Wheels will try to assemble drivers and vehicles to make an emergency delivery, but we cannot guarantee whether or when this will occur.
Clients are encouraged to keep a supply of staples such as canned or packaged soups, pasta, TV dinners, crackers, fruits and other non-perishables on hand. Some food that does not require heating should also be kept on hand in case of an extended power outage.
For those clients who pay by the week, credit will be given for meals not delivered due to bad weather.