During the month of March, Community Champions across Grey and Bruce Counties assist Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce to build awareness of the Meals on Wheels programs.
Home and Community Support Services Grey Bruce organizes 17 Hot Meals on Wheels Programs and 6 Frozen Meals on Wheels Programs. Across Grey Bruce, 675 volunteers deliver 24,028 meals in 17 communities every year.
Meals on Wheels has a history that dates back to London, England, during WWII, when a local resident had more food than expected, so she delivered the extra to her isolated neighbour, who thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the meal.
It is because of similar foresight from local Grey and Bruce residents that we have the Meals on Wheels programs. Grey and Bruce counties are filled with neighbourly people who wish to help others when they are in need. These volunteers show their dedication to their community, and are part of the reason that Grey and Bruce counties are such great places to live.
Meals on Wheels is a unique program that brings nutritious meals to adults who are isolated or in need of a little help getting proper nutrition. The volunteers who deliver these meals bring a breath of fresh air and hope to isolated clients. Volunteers bring forward the values of caring for their neighbours and ensuring their neighbourhood has a warm, cozy feeling of care.
“Thank you to the wonderful Meals on Wheels volunteers across Grey and Bruce. We, at Home and Community Support Services, thank you, but most importantly the clients and caregivers of the Meals on Wheels programs thank you for your dedication to ensuring your community is a better place because of the time and effort you take to ensure the Meals on Wheels are delivered,” said organizers.
The Meals on Wheels program in Meaford relies on 15 volunteers to deliver 1,028 meals a year. Meals are delivered five days a week. The schedule for our volunteers is very flexible, some volunteers deliver once a week, some once a month.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call 519-372-2091, press 6; 1-800-267-3798, press 6; or go to www.homecommunitysupport.com.
L-R: Dave Gibson of Sail Restaurant and Catering Co. delivers the Friday Meals on Wheels to Meaford Public Education Officer Mike French, volunteer Mary Sandell, and Home and Community Support team leader Colleen Benninger. Grey Bruce firefighters have partnered with Home and Community Support during March to inspect residents during Meals on Wheels deliveries. The Meals on Wheels program in Meaford relies on 15 volunteers to deliver 1,028 meals a year. Meals are delivered five days a week.
Public Education Officer Mike French of the Meaford and District Fire Department replaces a faulty smoke detector in a senior’s home during a Meals on Wheels delivery on March 13. Firefighters throughout Grey and Bruce Counties have partnered with Home and Community Support Services volunteers for the month of March. Firefighters are accompanying volunteers while delivering meals on wheels and offering to inspect residences for fire safety.
Photos by Helen Solmes