MORE THAN JUST A MEAL
Photo: Austin Gooder
Program Serves Up Hot Meals to People Who Need It Most
A warm, nutrltlous meal delIvered right to your kitchen can be a blessing an an otherwise bad day.
Meals on Wheels provides that service and It does it using a fleet of volunteers and dedicated public servants who have community In thelr hearts and minds.
"I do it because we enjoy it; Sharon Kenney, a volunteer driver and server with Fort Erie Meals on Wheels, said. "It's like giving back to the communlty, and the people we help are so openly thankful for what we do."
It's a Iove for community serrvlce that helps draw people like Nancy Ryan to remain involved with Meals on Wheels. Ryan is one of the coordinators for Meals on Wheels' large·scale operation, and she laid oul what the program entailed.
According to Ryan, the project serves rnostly senior citizens, but can also be used by younger people who may be dealing wi!h injuries or other issues that prevent them from either cooking for themselves or leaving home to purchase groceries.
Meals on Wheels Fort Erie was founded in 1971 by a group of 6 ladies from various churches in Fort Erie and served 7 clients to start out. Today, 140 volunteers serve over 17,000 meals each year.
Hot and/or frozen, nutritionally balanced meals are delivered to eligible individuals over the noon hour. This service also serves to provide a security check and some social contact for homebound people. We help to ease the worry of family members who may not be able to visit every day.
Meals on Wheels is operated out of an office at the St Paul's Anglican Church and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is a non-profit charitable organization. Gilmore Lodge is pleased to partner with Fort Erie Meals on Wheels by supplying meals for delivery to Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, Stevensville and Black Creek.
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Meals on Wheels enhances quality of life by providing nutritious meals,
personal contact and related services to those that are homebound.