HENDERSONVILLE, NC (WSPA) —  The Henderson County Council on Aging said retirees are moving to western North Carolina in huge numbers.

While it’s great for the economy, organizers said it can put a strain on services like Meals on Wheels.

U.S. Census data shows 32 percent of Henderson County residents are over 60 years old. The numbers continue to grow and that means more volunteers are needed to deliver meals to those who cannot get food themselves.

Meals are prepared at Pardee Hospital.

On Monday morning, they prepared more than 280 meals for residents across Hendersonville.

The Council on Aging is asking for any volunteers to help, no matter how much time you have.

They have routes you could run earlier or later in the morning, or you could be a back-up driver. 

We spoke with two World War II Women’s Auxiliary Corps veterans who say they are grateful for this service, but know there are many others who cannot benefit from it because of the volunteer shortage.

To volunteer, contact the Council on Aging at 828-692-4203 or online at coahc.org, or visit their Hendersonville office at 105 King Creek Blvd.